HBO has given the go-ahead to the pilot for “Virtuoso,” a musical series from Elton John, his husband David Furnish and “True Blood” creator Alan Ball. The hour-long period drama follows a class of young, 18th-century European musicians attending a prestigious music academy in Vienna. Production is set to begin in Budapest this Spring.
Ball’s partner Peter Macdissi, who appeared in both “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under,” Ball’s first cable series after his “American Beauty” Oscar win for Best Screenplay, will star and executive-produce. Ball and Macdissi have written the teleplay, with a pilot story to be penned by Macdissi, Ball and co-executive producer Steve Hamilton Shaw.
This isn’t the only musical period series on HBO’s docket. Martin Scorsese has a full series order on his plate for a yet-to-be-titled ’70s rock drama co-executive produced by Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. (More on that here.)