The Bee Gees are getting the stage musical treatment.
Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz on Wednesday announced that its live theatre division has reached an agreement with Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb [Maurice Gibb’s widow] 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,” Gibb said Wednesday in a statement. “I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina [Robin Gibb’s widow]. 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 Gibb brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice, are among the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. The trio rose to fame in the 1960s 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.
The group’s hits previously provided the score for the 1999 Broadway musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever, which ran for just over a year.
Universal Theatrical Group is the film studio’s newly rebranded live theater 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 projects include shows based on the careers and songs of Donna Summer, Tina Turner and Cher.