The Bee Gees are getting the stage musical treatment.
Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz announced Wednesday that its live theater division has reached an agreement with Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb to develop a stage musical based on the life story of the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project, which will feature the group’s iconic music.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our family,” said Barry Gibb in a statement. “I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina. It’s another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It’s an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can’t wait to get started!”
The Bee Gees, comprised of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, are among the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. The singing siblings rose to fame in the ‘60s and ‘70s and saw global success with hits such as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” “Too Much Heaven,” “Nights On Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” The Bee Gees’ entire publishing and recorded music catalogs are represented exclusively through Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises.
Universal Theatrical Group is the film studio’s newly-rebranded live theatre division which includes Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot, Bring It On: The Musical) and DreamWorks Theatricals (Shrek The Musical).
The new Bee Gees project follows the success of other traditional bio-musicals, including Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Most recently, Gloria Estefan‘s life and music were developed into On Your Feet!, and upcoming bio-musicals include new shows based on the careers and songs of Donna Summer, Tina Turner and Cher.