Florence + the Machine lead vocalist, Florence Welch, has been tapped for her first musical theater project - a theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
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Welch will write the lyrics for the production as well as work alongside American musician and producer Thomas Bartlett, who also known as Doveman.
While Welch previously appeared on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's rendition of The Great Gatsby, the two projects are not connected.
“This book has haunted me for a large part of my life,” Welch shared in a press release. “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.”
The project will be directed by Rebecca Frecknall and feature a playbook written by Martyna Majok. Also joining the team as a story consultant is Jeanie O’Hare as well as Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost who will head the production team. Robert Fox, Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange will serve as executive producers.
"Florence's passion for Gatsby and exceptional musical storytelling will bring this iconic love story to life in ways we have never experienced before," said Ghost and Fox.
"Martyna and Rebecca are two of the most exciting theater 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,” they continued. “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."
Although no actors have been announced for the production, a release states there are plans to announce a timeline for pre-Broadway engagement soon.