Some big news about a Juneteenth musical dropped on June 19.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and mega-producer Pharrell Williams are teaming up to develop a stage musical about Juneteenth, the holiday where African Americans mark the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Barris is writing and producing the project with his Black-ish partner Peter Saji, Deadline reported Tuesday.
“The acknowledgement and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me,” Barris said in a statement. “For Peter and me to be able to team up with Pharrell on such an important project like this is something that neither of us in a billion years would have thought possible.”
Grammy-winnng producer Williams has signed on to compose the music and lyrics through his company I Am Other with partner Mimi Valdes.
“I dream about projects like this. Kenya and Peter are geniuses and Juneteenth will change culture and change history. We couldn’t sign up fast enough. We are thrilled to collaborate with them,” Williams said.
The subject matter is not new to Barris, who explored the holiday last year on an episode of Black-ish titled “Juneteenth: The Musical.”
The stage musical is expected to be a comedy that will center on two families – one in modern times and the other during the Civil War era.
Other details on the stage musical have not yet been released.