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The Florence and the Machine singer will collaborate with composer Thomas Bartlett, playwright Martyna Majok and director Rebecca Frecknall on a stage overhaul of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel.
Jay Gatsby will be singing a new song soon.
Florence Welch, the British Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and known for the ethereal baroque pop of Florence and the Machine, will tackle a stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel Jazz Age, titled The Great Gatsby, a new musical.
Welch’s first musical theater project will see her collaborate with American musician and producer Thomas Bartlett, who records under the name Doveman and produces Sufjan Stevens’ Oscar-nominated song “Mystery of Love”. Call me by your name. Welch and Bartlett, who previously worked together on the final song FATM Game of thrones season, “Jenny of Oldstones”, will co-write the original score of Gatsby the magnificent, with Welch writing the lyrics.
“This book has haunted me for much of my life,” Welch said. “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.”
The musical will feature a book by playwright Martyna Majok, who won the Pulitzer Prize for theater in 2018 for Cost of life and whose most recent piece, Sanctuary city, premiered at the New York Theater Workshop on Off Broadway last year when stages turned dark due to the pandemic. Jeanie O’Hare, who commissioned and developed Matilda the musical for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will serve as a historical consultant.
Almeida Theater London Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall, who won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Revival for Tennessee Williams’ Summer and smoke, is attached to lead the Gatsby musical. The project reunites the rising star British director with Majok after Sanctuary city, which was to be Frecknall’s American debut.
Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost lead the production team Gatsby the magnificent for Unigram, in association with Robert Fox. Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange are executive producers. The show will be co-produced with Access Entertainment, with a schedule for a pre-Broadway engagement to be announced shortly.
“Florence’s passion for Gatsby and exceptional musical storytelling will bring this iconic love story to life in a way we’ve never experienced before, “Ghost and Fox said in a statement.” Martyna and Rebecca are two of the most exciting performers in theater of their generation and, together, this extraordinary team brings an exciting new perspective to one of the most culturally significant books of all time. It’s been 100 years since Gatsby the magnificent has been released, and there couldn’t be a better time for a new musical adaptation of the biggest party America has ever thrown. “
While no cast has yet been announced for the project, an original recording of the cast is slated for release on Warner Music.