Elton John musical ‘Rocketman’ begins blast off as star Taron Egerton reveals first footage

LOS ANGELES – The legendary Troubadour rock club went back to when rock was young Monday night, as star Taron Egerton showed off the first 20 minutes of footage from the Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

The club location was historically appropriate. It’s the same stage that a then-unknown John first rocked 50 years ago in a show so epic that it propelled him into superstardom.

“His entire life changed when he broke America,” producer David Furnish, who is married to John, said from the stage.

The footage reveal party showed all the energy around the musical opening May 31. Not only does “Rocketman” chronicle one of the most enduring, charismatic performers in rock history with a catalog of hit songs, but the film’s expectations have been boosted by the giddy success of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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