Florence Welch to write songs for ‘Great Gatsby’ musical on Broadway

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Florence Welch is penning tunes for a Broadway musical version of “The Great Gatsby,” being backed by Warner Music Group billionaire Len Blavatnik and onetime Epic Records head Amanda Ghost.

The lead singer of Florence + the Machine will write lyrics for the songs, and create the music with Thomas Bartlett.

Bartlett releases solo albums as “Doveman,” and has produced music for St. Vincent and Yoko Ono. He also worked with Welch’s band on the song, “Jenny of Oldstones,” which was featured on “Game of Thrones.” 

The show’s being called, “The Great Gatsby, A New Musical.” 

It’s not the first time the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been adapted for the stage. Famed director George Cukor was behind a Broadway version in the ’20s, and the tale has also been staged by the Metropolitan Opera and for ballet. The classic book has also spawned countless films, with Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character. The show follows mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, and his obsession with East Egg socialite Daisy Buchanan.

Blavatnik — who bought Warner Music for $3.3 billion in 2011, and took the company public last year — is producing the project with Ghost, who has created music with Beyoncé, John Legend and Shakira. She’s also a founding partner of Unigram and CEO of AI Film, which are both backed by Blavatnik holding companies.

The timeline for the production has yet to be announced. Pulitzer-winning playwright Martyna Majok is writing the script, and and Rebecca Frecknall will direct the show. Robert Fox will also produce.

Welch said in a statement: “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life. 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.” 

Welch, 34, announced this year that she’s been sober for seven years. She told Vogue in 2019, “Partying was, I felt, a defining feature of my personality – good at singing, good at drinking and good at taking drugs… But the new-found thrill of leaving somewhere with all my belongings, having not been felt up by someone inappropriate in a car park, has still not left me.” 

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