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Florence Welch (of Florence and The Machine) to score Great Gatsby on Broadway.

Jonny Diamond

April 28, 2021, 10:58am

Do we really need another version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ubiquitous classic? Probably not, but I guess this is what happens when story calcifies into myth: its trace elements show up everywhere, forever. And now it’ll be on Broadway!

At least we can look forward to more music by the incomparable Florence Welch (she of “and The Machine”), who’s been tapped to provide score and lyrics for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s stage adaptation. Welch is an interesting choice for Gatsby: though there’s definitely a perpetually fallen grace to her viscerally urgent songwriting, I’d think her abandoned factory lamentations and their unexpected melodic clangery might be more appropriate to John Fante or Nelson Algren.

But then who the fuck wants an Ask the Dust musical?

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