Universal Theatre Group has acquired the rights to produce a biographical musical featuring the music of the Bee Gees. The show would follow the rise of the British-Australian pop group, comprising Barry Gibb and his late brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb.
Barry Gibb serves as an executive producer on the project, the announcement of which follows an agreement reached between him, UTG, the Estate of Robin Gibb, and Yvonne Gibb, wife to Maurice from 1975 until his death in 2003.
“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 [who was married to Robin until his death in 2012]. 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.”
Formed in 1958, the Bee Gees rose to fame in the 1960s and ‘70s for their disco-era hits—often featuring signature three-part harmonies—including “Holiday,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “More Than a Woman.”
Additional information, including a production timeline and full creative team, will be announced at a later date. It was reported in 2008 that Barry and Robin Gibb were developing a similar project; The Drowsy Chaperone Tony winner Bob Martin was attached as a writer at that time.
UTG's previous titles include Wicked (which recently celebrated its 14th anniversary on Broadway), Billy Elliot, and Bring It On.