Florence Welch to Write a Great Gatsby Musical

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You may have heard that the post-COVID era will be the next "Roaring 20's." Well, Florence Welch is taking that literally. The Grammy-nominated Florence + the Machine lead singer-songwriter is writing a new musical, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The show, creatively titled The Great Gatsby, A New Musical, will stem from Fitzgerald's classic work, where newcomer Nick Carraway befriends the mysterious titan Jay Gatsby. The pair attend extravagant parties at Gatsby's mansion, pine after Gatsby's love interest, Daisy Buchanan, and ponder the existence of the American dream.

This year, the novel entered the public domain, spurring speculation as to whether an onslaught of adaptions would ensue as a result. Welch's production seems to be one such event, though it is unclear whether this project has been in the works for a while. This will be far from the first Gatsby adaptation. The 1925 book inspired a range of films, including, notably, Baz Luhrmann's 2013 feature starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The novel has also hit the stage multiple times, as plays, an opera, and a ballet. However, this may be the book's first ever musical treatment.

Below, find all the info about The Great Gatsby, A New Musical.

Welch is writing the music and lyrics.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter is behind the musical's, well, music. She'll work alongside Grammy Award nominee Thomas Bartlett, who produced the song, “Jenny of Oldstones” with Florence + The Machine and has worked with a variety of other artists, from Sufjan Stevens (on the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack) to Norah Jones.

"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 musical may run on Broadway.

According to Variety, the show's team is "eyeing a Broadway run." The group behind The Great Gatsby, A New Musical is slated to be a great one. Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok (Cost of Living) is writing the book, and the musical will be directed by Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall (Tennessee Williams's Summer and Smoke).

"I’m thrilled, honored, and inspired to work with this company of extraordinary artists, and to get to live in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s transcendent, gorgeous words," Majok said. "I’m also overjoyed to be reunited with Rebecca Frecknall, with whom I had the most wonderful experience working on my play, Sanctuary City."

The show's timeline is set to be announced soon. In the meantime, read (or re-read) Fitzgerald's original work.

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