A new musical based on the life story of the Bee Gees has been sanctioned by Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb.
Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project, which is being produced by Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), Universal Pictures’ live theatre division.
In addition to permission from the group and its representatives, the musical has been enabled by a deal struck with Universal Music Group.
UMG now represents the Bee Gees’ entire publishing and recorded music catalogues via Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises.
“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!”
“We’re honored to represent the Bee Gees’ publishing and recorded music catalogs and we’re thrilled to be involved in this important new project with Jimmy and the team at UTG.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, UMG
Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, said: “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.
“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.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: “The Bee Gees are among the world’s most influential and commercially successful artists.
“We’re honored to represent their publishing and recorded music catalogs and we’re thrilled to be involved in this important new project with Jimmy and the team at UTG.
“This production will honor the trio’s iconic legacy and help introduce a new generation of fans to a band responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music.”Music Business Worldwide