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'Survivor': Beyonce's father is working on a Destiny's Child musical

Mathew Knowles is producing a show based on the former girl group

Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, pictured in 2005. Getty Images
Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, pictured in 2005. Getty Images

Destiny's Child fans will be jumpin' jumpin' in their seats, after the news that a musical based on the three-piece group is in the works.

Mathew Knowles, father of the girl band's frontwoman Beyonce, is producing the show, he revealed this week in a statement posted to his official website.

The 67-year-old, who is also the former manager of the R&B group, plans to tour the production across the world, including stops in London's West End and New York's Broadway.

"I want to pull back the curtain," he said. "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."

The self-described bio-musical will focus on Destiny's Child's rise to fame, told from the perspective of Knowles.

The American group, which was behind hits such as Say My Name, Lose My Breath and Girl, was first formed as Girl's Tyme in 1990, with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland in the original line-up.

In 2000, following the success of second album The Writing's on the Wall, members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Lucket were replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin, with the latter quitting after five months, resulting in the trio most recognised by music fans.

In 2002, the Grammy-winning band announced they'd be taking a hiatus, before reforming in 2004 to release final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled. While all three have gone on to forge solo careers, they have sporadically performed together, most recently during Beyonce's headlining performance at the Coachella music festival in 2018.

Knowles has teamed up with writer, producer and director Je’Caryous Johnson on the show, which is touted to premiere in 2020 in Houston, Texas.

“It is a unique and inspiring story that will fearlessly tackle hard truths, while bringing both vindication and healing to all who lived it," said Johnson.

Updated: April 24, 2019 04:09 PM