A private industry reading of a musical stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby, which entered the public domain in 2021, will be presented later this month, Playbill reported. A regional bow is expected during the 2023-24 season.
Directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), the project features music and lyrics by Tony nominees Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square) and Jason Howland (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and a book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones). Chunsoo Shin, "one of the most influential producers in Korea's theatre industry, will produce the Broadway-aimed musical with Mark Shacket as executive producer," Playbill noted.
The musical is one of many Gatsby adaptations in the works, including rock star Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine), Thomas Bartlett, and Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok collaborating on a musical stage adaptation; and Immersive Everywhere's interactive production, created and directed by Alexander Wright, which will begin March 9, 2023, at Park Central Hotel New York, transforming the 16,000 square foot ballroom into the Gatsby mansion.