Florence Welch is writing the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Great Gatsby. The Florence + the Machine frontwoman will adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic 1925 great American novel for a production led by Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost for Unigram in association with Robert Fox.
Grammy nominee Welch will collaborate on the lyrics with Thomas Bartlett (aka singer-producer Doveman), with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok (Cost of Living) penning the book for the musical, whose pre-Broadway run will be announced soon, according to a press release. The show will be directed by Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke).
“This book has haunted me for a large part of my life," said Welch in a statement. "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.”