‘Great Gatsby’ Broadway Musical To Feature Songs By Florence Welch
Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Florence Welch is going to co-write songs for the new musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
She will be co-writing her songs with Thomas Bartlett, whom she previously worked with on her song “Jenny of Oldstones.” Welch is best known as the frontwoman for the band Florence + The Machine, which was nominated for three Grammys back in 2016.
The adaptation, The Great Gatsby: A New Musical, is Welch’s first time working in the world of musical theater, and will be directed by Rebecca Frecknall, the assistant director of London’s Almeida Theater. Frecknall won the 2019 Olivier Award for best revival of Teresa Williams‘ Summer & Smoke.
One of the producers for the musical is Amanda Ghost, a songwriter and record industry executive who has previously worked with artists like Beyoncé and John Legend.
Welch is excited to participate in this adaptation, as The Great Gatsby “has haunted me for a large part of my life.” She told Hollywood Reporter that 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.”
Ghost and Fox released a statement and said their team is ready to bring a new and exciting twist to this classic tale and that “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.”