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Florence Welch is writing a Great Gatsby musical for Broadway

Florence Welch

A brand new musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby is in development with hopes of a Broadway run.

The piece is set to feature lyrics from Grammy-nominated Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch with music by Welch and Oscar and Grammy nominee Thomas Bartlett, also known as Doveman.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok is to write the book with Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall set to direct.

Provisionally titled ‘The Great Gatsby, A New Musical’, the show is set to announce a pre-Broadway try out in due course.

Casting is to be revealed but a cast album has already been confirmed for release on Warner Music.

Published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby iconic Jazz Age novel tells the story of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his former lover Daisy Buchanan.

Welch said: “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life. 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.”

Added Majok: “I’m thrilled, honoured, and inspired to work with this company of extraordinary artists, and to get to live in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s transcendent, gorgeous words.”

The show’s producers Amanda Ghost and Robert Fox said: “Florence’s passion for Gatsby and exceptional musical storytelling will bring this iconic love story to life in ways we have never experienced before.

“Martyna and Rebecca are two of the most exciting theatre artists of their generation and, together, this extraordinary team brings a thrilling new perspective to one of the most culturally significant books of all time.

“It’s been 100 years since The Great Gatsby was published and there could be no better time for a new musical adaptation of the greatest party America ever threw.”

Picture: Flickr/Jason Persse

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