Pop music legend Nile Rodgers is collaborating with Alabama Shakespeare Festival's playwright-in-residence John Walch on the new musical, Double Time, which will receive a concert reading as part of ASF's Southern Writers' Project Festival of New Plays, on Saturday, May 14.

The musical follows the amusing trials of a young white playwright trying to create a new musical comedy about the life and times of Alabama native Leonard Harper, one of the first superstar African-American Broadway performers. The project was commissioned by ASF's producing artistic director Geoffrey Sherman.

Rodgers is a well known musician, songwriter, and record producer. His group Chic had several major hits, including the song, "Good Times." He produced the album Diana for Diana Ross and was responsible for writing classic tunes such as "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out." He also produced Madonna's album Like a Virgin, Duran Duran's Notorious and the B-52s multi platinum Cosmic Thing, among many other credits.

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