British pop star Florence Welch writing 'Great Gatsby' musical for Broadway


By AGENCY

'This book has haunted me for a large part of my life," Welch said in a statement. "It contains some of my favourite lines in literature. Musicals were my first love, and I feel a deep connection to Fitzgerald's broken romanticism. It is an honour to have been offered the chance to recreate this book in song." Photo: Handout

Florence Welch will journey into the Jazz Age for her new musical project, one that will offer up fortune seekers and flappers, rum runners and rich dilettantes, self-made men and high society standard bearers.

In short, it's F. Scott Fitzgerald's glittering masterwork, The Great Gatsby, which will provide the spine of a new stage show that is eyeing a Broadway run. It will feature lyrics from Welch, best known as the leading force behind the Grammy-nominated Florence + the Machine, as well as music by Welch and Oscar and Grammy Award nominee Thomas Bartlett. Bartlett previously worked as a producer with Florence + The Machine on the song Jenny Of Oldstones, and has released four albums as Doveman.

Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok (Cost Of Living) will write the book, and the show will be directed by Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall (Summer And Smoke). Jeanie O'Hare serves as story consultant. Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost will produce for Unigram in association with Robert Fox.

The show has been dubbed The Great Gatsby, A New Musical. The timeline for a pre-Broadway engagement will be announced at a later date. Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange serve as executive producers. The production will be co-produced by Access Entertainment. An original cast recording will be released by Warner Music.

First published in 1925, Fitzgerald's story of Jay Gatsby, a shadowy businessman, and his obsession with socialite Daisy Buchanan has thrilled readers with its lyrical prose and incisive look at the American dream. It's also inspired a wide range of movies, shows ballets, and even an online video game, with everyone from Baz Luhrmann to Elevator Repair Service offering their own takes on the classic.

"This book has haunted me for a large part of my life," Welch said in a statement. "It contains some of my favourite lines in literature. Musicals were my first love, and I feel a deep connection to Fitzgerald's broken romanticism. It is an honour to have been offered the chance to recreate this book in song."

So we beat on ... - Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Culture

Never-exhibited works by Jean-Michel Basquiat to go on show in New York
Divine strings: Senegalese monks keep kora-making tradition alive
In visions of post-pandemic life, 'Roaring Twenties' beckon again
Skeletons of related Viking-era men to reunite for exhibit
Watch: Andrea Bocelli launches Euro 2020 with a rousing version of 'Nessun Dorma'
Mark your calendar: 'MeatEater' audiobook will be a collection of close calls
Paris Opera names first South Korean star dancer
Award-winning sape player Saufi Aiman Yahya dead at 31
Budapest orchestra rocks a live classical concert from moving truck
Rainforest family: a virtual story of a Sarawakian festival built for the world

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers