Since its publication in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prolific novel, The Great Gatsby, has been adapted for various mediums, including film, television, radio, theater, video games, graphic novels, and, upon entering the public domain in 2021, literary retellings and expansions. This spring, yet another adaptation is coming fans’ way in the form of a Broadway musical! Keep reading for everything you need to know about the upcoming show.
What is The Great Gatsby: A New Musical?
The Great Gatsby: A New Musical is not the first musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, nor will it be the first stage performance based on the book to premiere on Broadway. The first known stage play of The Great Gatsby opened on Broadway in February 1926 and enjoyed a successful run of over 100 shows, as well as a subsequent tour. In 1999, the novel was adapted into an opera, which premiered at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Later, both the BalletMet and The Washington Ballet would perform choreographed renditions of the beloved story in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
However, though it may not be the first adaptation of its kind, The Great Gatsby: A New Musical is groundbreaking in its own right. The show boasts a record-breaking sold-out preview run at Paper Mill Playhouse, where it debuted on October 12, 2023. The forthcoming Broadway version will star Tony Award–nominated stage performers Jeremy Jordan and Eva Noblezada. Jordan — known for his roles in Newsies, West Side Story, and Bonnie & Clyde — will play Jay Gatsby, while Noblezada — recognized for her roles in Miss Saigon and Hadestown — will play Daisy Buchanan.
The show’s book is by Kait Kerrigan, who previously wrote the off-Broadway musical The Mad Ones. The score is by Jason Howland, known for writing the music for the Little Women musical, and Nathan Tysen, who co-wrote the lyrics for Paradise Square. The show was choreographed by Dominique Kelley of So You Think You Can Dance, and it is directed by Marc Bruni, known for his work on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The Great Gatsby: A New Musical will premiere at the Broadway Theatre at 1681 Broadway by 53rd Street in March.
What about the other forthcoming The Great Gatsby musical?
Singer-songwriter Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine is partnering with producer Thomas Bartlett to write the music for another The Great Gatsby–inspired show, entitled Gatsby: An American Myth. Welch will also write the lyrics herself, using her deep love for the novel as inspiration.
The musical’s book is by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Martyna Majok, the choreography is by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh, and the show is directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, known for her work on Hadestown and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
Gatsby: An American Myth is set to premiere on May 25, 2024, at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.
Preview performances for The Great Gatsby: A New Musical are scheduled to begin on March 29, 2024, with the official opening night set for April 25, 2024. Tickets are on sale now, so if you’re interested, get them while you still can!
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