Musical To Incorporate Billy Joel's Pop Hits

Piano man working on production with ballet star Twyla Tharp.

Billy Joel said he was going to stop making pop records, but he didn't say anything about pop plays.

Joel is working with ballet star Twyla Tharp on a musical that will incorporate his pop songs with her choreography. The production will be staged without dialogue.

"I grew up hearing classical music, pop music and Broadway show music," Joel recently told VH1's Rebecca Rankin.

The project is still in the preliminary planning stages, but Joel has already talked to Broadway heavyweights James Nederlander and Emanuel Azenberg about producing.

"We're working on the possibilities, but nothing's written in stone," said Nederlander, who has produced such shows as "The King and I" and "Peter Pan."

Maybe not, but a New York workshop is currently being cast, scheduled to run for a month starting August 20, according to a Fox News report. Auditioning cast members are being asked to perform Joel's "She's Got a Way" and two other songs.

The musical conductor for the still-unnamed project will reportedly be Stuart Malina, who has worked with the Greensboro, North Carolina, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, symphony orchestras. But while Malina will orchestrate Joel's material, he's been asked to remain faithful to the original compositions, Fox News reported.