Mathew Knowles Has Invited Destiny’s Child & Ex Members To Be Involved In Musical & Explains: This Is From My Perspective, Not Theirs
Earlier this week we reported Mathew Knowles is gearing up to produce a stage musical about the rise of Destiny’s Child, the Houston-based girl group he founded fronted by his oldest daughter Beyoncé. One of the initial questions that fans had was if Destiny’s Child was aware of the musical and if they would be at all involved—well Knowles has officially answered those questions.
According to reports, Knowles directly informed all the members of the trio, including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, but he also revealed that he reached out to some former members as well—although he didn’t say who those members were.
In a statement to press Knowles stated:
“We have directly and indirectly spoken — not only Beyoncé, Kelly [Rowland] and Michelle [Williams] or their representatives — but also some of the former members of the group. We’ve given them the opportunity to be as much involved as they’d like, or [have] as little involvement as they’d like.”
Knowles also explained that the musical is in the very early stages, and as such the script is still unfinished. He also said that he’s confident both past and present members of Destiny’s Child will be pleased with the finished product.
Wanting to be clear to inform future audiences that the upcoming musical is told entirely from his perspective, Knowles said:
“Everybody understands this is my perspective, not their perspective. The girls were very young when they got into this business, so a lot of this perspective, they didn’t really understand.” [If they] want to review it, they can review it. I wouldn’t want to put anything out that didn’t have everyone’s support.”
Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical also covers a specific timeline in the group’s life, which Knowles also explained:
“[Solange] wasn’t getting attention because Destiny’s Child was, kind of, consuming the family. So [the musical] takes you through the ups and downs of a family, as well as Destiny’s Child’s ups and downs. You will be awakened with information that I think possibly surprises you.”
According to Knowles, the musical is set to begin in Houston, then make its way to Broadway and finally touring to major cities around the country. He also has his sights set on bringing the show to London’s West End, and possibly Australia. Knowles already has a significant premiere date in mind, February 1, 2020, at the start of Black History Month.
Speaking about how the likelihood of casting the musical being a challenge, Knowles had this to say:
“It could be a former member. It could be someone you’ve never seen before, but they can sing extremely well and they can act extremely well. This starts when the girls are 12 years old and ends when they’re in their 30s. Casting is going to be — we’re looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a challenge.”
At press time, neither Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland nor Michelle Williams have publicly responded to the musical about their group.
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