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Barry Gibb To Executive Produce Bee Gees Broadway Musical
How deep is the Bee Gees' catalog? More than deep enough for a Broadway musical, for certain.
According to Playbill, Barry Gibb will executive produce a new biographical musical spanning the career and catalog of the legendary GRAMMY-winning brotherly trio. Universal Theatre Group, the live theater division for Universal Music Group, has acquired the rights to produce the as-yet-untitled project.
"I'm personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne [Gibb, widow of the late Maurice Gibb] and Dwina [who was married to the late Robin Gibb]," said Barry Gibb via statement. "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 musical's full creative team, production timeline and performance location have yet to be announced.
Formed in 1958, the Bee Gees recorded 30 Top 40 hits, including nine No. 1 hits from 1971's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" to 1979's "Love You Inside Out." The only other groups in history to score more No. 1 hits than the Bee Gees are the Beatles (20) and the Supremes (12).
The iconic soundtrack to 1977's Saturday Night Fever (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2004), which featured Bee Gees smashes such as "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love," hit No. 1.
Earlier this year, The Recording Academy paid tribute to the five-time GRAMMY-winning trio with the CBS TV special "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees," which featured performances by Keith Urban, Demi Lovato, DNCE, Ed Sheeran, and Tori Kelly, among others.