One of the greatest pieces of literature in the American canon is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. As of early 2020, The Great Gatsby had sold almost 30 million copies worldwide and continues to sell an additional 500,000 copies annually. Now, as first reported by Deadline, Broadway is looking to capitalize on the success of the book with a new musical adaptation.
The stage version will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, with Grammy-nominated Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch writing lyrics. Moreover, Oscar-nominated song producer Thomas Bartlett is on board to produce with Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall directing. In a statement, Welch expresses her excitement to bring the stage adaptation to life.
“This book has haunted me for a large part of my life,” Welch said in a statement. “It contains some of my favorite lines in literature. Musicals were my first love, and I feel a deep connection to Fitzgerald’s broken romanticism. It is an honor to have been offered the chance to recreate this book in song.”
The Great Gatsby has gone through a bevy of adaptations since its initial publishing in 1925. Most recently, the 2013 film version starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film went on to gross over $353 million worldwide. Additionally, At the 86th Academy Awards, the film won in both of its nominated categories: Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
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