Producer Wynn Hopes New Bee Gees Musical, with Book by Drowsy's Martin, Will Cause Fever

News   Producer Wynn Hopes New Bee Gees Musical, with Book by Drowsy's Martin, Will Cause Fever
Las Vegas hotel developer Steve Wynn told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he has entered into an agreement with brothers Barry and Robin Gibb, of the pop trio The Bee Gees, to produce a musical drawing on the group's catalog.

A treatment for the show — which would be biographical in the fashion of Jersey Boys, the hit about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons — is being created by Tony Award winner Bob Martin, the co-librettist of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Neither a production target date nor a creative team has been announced. The idea is apparently in the early exploratory stage.

The Bee Gees — made up of Australian brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb — were a disco-era sensation known for fearless falsetto vocals, tight harmonies and flirtation with R&B. The brothers, who were born on the Isle of Man and raised in Manchester, England and Australia, wrote their songs together. They began as a soft rock act in the 1960s but blossomed in the decade that gave the world disco. Maurice died in 2003.

A major pop group of the 1970s, they had gold records galore (200 million albums, according to some estimates) and hit songs pouring out of the radio. The soundtrack to the film "Saturday Night Fever" was a hot seller, the best-selling soundtrack ever, at the time. The hit film was adapted into a London and Broadway stage musical that also plundered The Bee Gees' trunk.

Their songs include "Jive Talkin'," "Nights on Broadway," "You Should Be Dancing," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "If I Can't Have You," "More Than a Woman," "Emotion," "Grease," "Too Much Heaven," "Rest Your Love On Me", "Tragedy," "Love Is Thicker Than Water," "Love You Inside Out" and more. Writer Bob Martin currently has his hands full in Los Angeles, where the new musical Minsky's is in development for a 2009 bow. He's penning the original libretto for that burlesque-set show.

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