There just has to be a musical number about the Green Light: Per those Charleston-dancin’ jazz hounds at Variety comes a bit of news today that seems so obvious that it’s truly a wonder that it hasn’t happened up to this point – Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s trials and tribulations of one Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby – is headed to the Broadway stage as an honest-to-Pete musical.
Ye olde writer is no stranger to batting out the occasional article on The Great Gatsby; since beginning my celebrated rein as pop culture connoisseur at Vents I’ve written at least two news stories about Fitzgerald’s seminal novel about Mr. Gatsby and his quest for Daisy Buchanan and the ever-elusive Green Light (“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us…”). Perhaps one more article on the timeless classic and I’ll get a free toaster? Be that as it may, it never fails to surprise me that there is such an unending thirst for the book and the characters and places that inhabit it. That insatiable desire by filmmakers, playwrights, artists and musicians for this story mirrors poor, doomed Gatsby’s own fascination with his object of affection, the aforementioned Ms. Daisy Buchanan. And speaking of musicians…
No less of a talent than Florence Welch of Florence+ the Machine fame has been tapped by Pulitzer Prize winning scribe Martyna Majok and director Rebecca Frecknall to write the lyrics for an upcoming musical stage production of The Great Gatsby. The talented chanteuse will also join forces with Oscar nominee Thomas Bartlett to work on the accompanying music for the play.
In a press release, Welch said that “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.”
If all goes according to plan, the stage adaptation will be entitled The Great Gatsby, A New Musical with an official timeline for the all-important pre-Broadway engagement to be announced at a later date. Joining director Rebecca Frecknall on this wild and crazy ride will be Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange who both will serve as executive producers.
So break out your best Mary Jane heels and Cloche hats, flappers! Any way you peel it, a Great Gatsby musical will be a sight for the ages!