Universal Theatrical Group, the live stage division of Universal Pictures, has acquired the rights to develop a stage musical based on the career of the famed ’60s pop group The Bee Gees, according to an announcement from Universal President Jimmy Horowitz.
The deal was made with Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the estate of Robin Gibb. Barry Gibb will be an executive producer on the project.
“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 Horowitz in a Wednesday statement. “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.”
“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!”
Universal Theatrical Group’s productions include “Wicked,” which is currently in its 14th year on Broadway, as well as a musical adaptation of “Billy Elliot,” which won ten Tonys.