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Elton John to Write Musical for Russian Billionaire Abramovich (gellar mention)

Wednesday 27 October 2004, by Webmaster

Soccer billionaire Roman Abramovich is to have his amazing life story made into a musical, The Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The rights to a biography of Chelsea’s Russian boss are being snapped up by top showbiz producer Billy Gaff. He hopes Red Rom: The Musical will have theatre-goers rocking in the stalls.

The impresario wants to hire Elton John to write the songs. And he hopes the final production will have performers in Chelsea soccer kits in the chorus line.

Gaff, Rod Stewart’s ex-manager, launched his bid after reading the new book Abramovich: The Billionaire From Nowhere.

Author Chris Hutchins told The Sun: “Amazingly we got a call from Billy on Sunday and he wants to buy the rights to the book. He has a vision of the Red Rom story as a grand musical, a real rags to riches story telling this amazing story of an amazing man.

”Billy went through some ideas and told us he sees the male chorus line being made up of Chelsea players. He is even planning to ask Elton John to do the music.“

Final negotiations are planned for next week.

Other stars have already had the musical treatment with great success, including Rod Stewart, Queen and Boy George.

And who knows, the new production may end up on Broadway, if Roman, 37, has anything to do with it. The tycoon has just taken on the William Morris agency to represent Chelsea and its players in the US.

The firm looks after Hollywood stars like Halle Berry, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan and Sarah Michelle Gellar.