Universal Theatrical Group, Universal Pictures' live theater division, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb to develop a biographical stage musical based on the life story and music of the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our family," said Barry Gibb. "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, comprising brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, are among the world's best-selling music artists of all time. The brothers rose to fame in the '60s and '70s, performing hits such as "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," "Too Much Heaven," "Nights on Broadway," and "Stayin' Alive."
"On behalf of the entire company, we take great pride in collaborating with Barry on developing a stage musical that captures the scope and significance of his family's incredible story," said Jimmy Horowitz, president of Universal Pictures, who made the announcement earlier today. "We thank Barry, Yvonne and Dwina Gibb and our longtime collaborator Sir Lucian Grainge and the Universal Music Group who have played a vital role in creating this opportunity, and we look forward to bringing some of the best music ever written to audiences in a unique and thrilling live stage musical event."
Universal Theatrical Group's past stage productions include Wicked, Billy Elliot, Bring It On: The Musical, and Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn.
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