The enduringly popular F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about the doomed Jazz Age romance between the mysterious businessman Jay Gatsby and the socialite Daisy Buchanan will be brought to life on the Broadway stage. Len Blavatnik, a long time investor in Broadway and West End productions, will produce the musical along with Amanda Ghost for Unigram in association with Robert Fox.
Dubbed as “The Great Gatsby, A New Musical,” a timeline for a pre-Broadway engagement will be revealed at a later date. The book will be written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Martyna Majok while Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is tapped to write the lyrics and co-write the music with Thomas Bartlett. In a statement obtained by Deadline and Broadway News, Welch said, “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life. 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.”
Olivier Award nominee, Rebecca Frecknall is set to direct. Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment will co-produce and Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange will serve as executive producers. The original cast recording will be released on Warner Music.