Matthew Knowles says he is producing a musical based on Destiny's Child that he intends to take on the road, and, eventually, to Broadway and London's West End.
The show, Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical, will be told from his perspective, Knowles said in a statement released on Tuesday (April 23). The statement explained that the bio-musical project will provide an "honest depiction of the achievements, obstacles, and evolution of the world's most iconic girl group and the mastermind behind them."
The group, fronted by Knowles' daughter Beyoncé and featuring Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, had an unprecedented run from 1990 until their split in 2006, selling more than 150 million albums and racking up 14 Grammy nominations. “I want to pull back the curtain,” said former manager Knowles in the statement. “I feel it’s time to give the world an opportunity to hear, see and feel the victories and failures that I’ve had as a husband, father and manager who risked everything in pursuit of fulfilling dreams – those of mine and others.”
The show will address the group's humble beginnings through the ups and downs Knowles faced during his climb through the music industry. "Ultimately, the story shares the message that building a dream takes sacrifice, even at the cost of everything and everyone you love," according to the statement.
The musical will be produced by veteran theater writer/producer/director and fellow Houston native Je’Caryous Johnson (Redemption of a Dogg, Set It Off Live). "I am ecstatic to be working with Mr. Knowles on the development of Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical,” said Johnson in the statement. “It is a unique and inspiring story that will fearlessly tackle hard truths, while bringing both vindication and healing to all who lived it. It’s fair, it’s real and it’s an absolute honor to know that Mr. Knowles trusts me to pen and produce such an iconic piece of American history.” A spokesperson for Knowles' Music World Entertainment confirmed that none of the members of DC are involved in the project.
The show will reportedly feature a mix of the dance, music and imagery associated with the trio, promising, "complete transparency in dissecting the man who developed and navigated the careers of an iconic girl group as well as the legacy of one of music’s biggest superstars." Johnson adds, "It is my mission to tell the stories of our legends and cement their legacies in the history of our world. But this one is very dear to me. As a native Houstonian, I have a special affinity for Destiny’s Child because we are from the same city and it is one that breeds greatness! I can assure their fans, and mine, that I will give everything I have to this story and will make sure it is the greatest show they ever experience!”
The production is slated to open in Houston at an as-yet-unannounced date in 2020, with plans to move on to Broadway, London's West End and a world tour.
A spokesperson for Beyoncé could not be reached for comment on the project.