The London-based Florence + the Machine singer is joining forces with musician Thomas Bartlett and award-winning playwright Martyna Majok for a Broadway production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic
Text by: Gilda Bruno
Calling all Florence + the Machine fans — South Londoner Florence Welch is taking on a new adventure, this time putting her musical expertise at the service of a new theatre adaptation of Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby (1925).
Co-produced by Access Entertainment, “The Great Gatsby, A New Musical” is set to land on Broadway after a pre-Broadway engagement. Although the cast and production timeline is yet to be revealed, what is certain is that the musical will see Grammy-nominated Welch and her band work alongside Grammy and Oscar Award nominee Thomas Bartlett, also known as Doveman.
The duo, who had already collaborated on the production of Florence + the Machine’s song “Jenny of Oldstones,” will also be joined by Pulitzer Prize recipient Martyna Majok (“Cost of Living”), responsible for the write-up of the script, and Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall (“Summer and Smoke”), director of the play.
The 21st Century rendition of Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s classic will be further supported by the contribution of Jeanie O’Hare, serving as a story consultant, while Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost will oversee the production for Unigram together with Robert Fox.
“Musicals were my first love, and I feel a deep connection to Fitzgerald’s broken romanticism,” Welch said in a statement. “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life. It contains some of my favourite lines in literature. It is an honour to have been offered the chance to recreate this book in song.”
“The Great Gatsby, A New Musical” positions itself on a continuum that sees the London-based artist diving deep into the work of the American novelist. As a matter of fact, already in 2013, the artist had contributed to the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s film “The Great Gatsby” with “Over The Love.”
As we wait for more details to be disclosed about the upcoming Gatsby-inspired musical, keep yourself busy watching a behind-the-scenes video on the making of the song, starring Welch and director Luhrmann.