|Announcing THE GREAT GATSBY, A New Musical - Music & Lyrics by FLORENCE WELCH, Book by MARTYNA MAJOK, Directed by REBECCA FRECKNALL|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:43 pm EDT 04/28/21|
|Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost for Unigram in association with Robert Fox
THE GREAT GATSBY,
A New Musical
LYRICS by FLORENCE WELCH
MUSIC by FLORENCE WELCH & THOMAS BARTLETT
BOOK by MARTYNA MAJOK
DIRECTED by REBECCA FRECKNALL
(New York, NY) – Producers Len Blavatnik and Amanda Ghost for Unigram in association with Robert Fox announce a musical stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's legendary novel THE GREAT GATSBY, A New Musical. The timeline for a pre-Broadway engagement will be announced shortly.
With lyrics by Grammy Award-nominated international rock star of Florence + the Machine Florence Welch and music by Florence Welch & Oscar and Grammy Award nominee Thomas Bartlett, THE GREAT GATSBY, A New Musical will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok and be directed by Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall. Jeanie O'Hare serves as Story Consultant.
Hannah Giannoulis and James Orange serve as Executive Producers. The production will be co-produced by Access Entertainment.
The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be one of the most popular and culturally significant books of all time. Published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel set in the Jazz Age is the ultimate depiction of the American dream.
Rebecca Frecknall (Director) is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre in London. She directed the critically acclaimed Summer and Smoke, which opened at the Almeida before transferring to the West End. The production won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Revival, and Rebecca was also nominated for the Peter Hall Olivier for Best Director.
Martyna Majok (Book) was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club). She is currently writing two musical librettos, two feature films, and developing an original series for HBO based on her play, Queens.
Florence Welch (Lyrics and Music) is a Grammy nominated artist and songwriter of band Florence + The Machine, selling millions of albums worldwide. Her albums have topped the charts in the UK and US and she has received the Ivor Novello International Achievement Award for song-writing.
Thomas Bartlett (Music) is an American pianist, producer and singer. As a producer, he has worked with Florence + The Machine on the song "Jenny of Oldstones," as featured on HBO's "Game of Thrones." Also known as Doveman, he has released four solo albums.
Composer and lyricist Florence Welch said, "This book has haunted me for a large part of my life. It contains some of my favourite lines in literature. Musicals were my first love, and I feel a deep connection to Fitzgerald's broken romanticism. It is an honour to have been offered the chance to recreate this book in song."
Book writer Martyna Majok said, "I'm thrilled, honored, and inspired to work with this company of extraordinary artists, and to get to live in F. Scott Fitzgerald's transcendent, gorgeous words. I'm also overjoyed to be reunited with Rebecca Frecknall, with whom I had the most wonderful experience working on my play, Sanctuary City."
Producer Len Blavatnik also said, "I am very proud to be working with such an esteemed and talented creative team."
Producers Amanda Ghost and Robert Fox said, "Florence's passion for Gatsby and exceptional musical storytelling will bring this iconic love story to life in ways we have never experienced before. Martyna and Rebecca are two of the most exciting theatre artists of their generation and, together, this extraordinary team brings a thrilling new perspective to one of the most culturally significant books of all time. 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."
THE GREAT GATSBY, A New Musical original cast recording will be released on Warner Music.
REBECCA FRECKNALL (Director) is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre, where she has directed Nine Lessons and Carols, The Duchess of Malfi, and a new version of Chekhov's Three Sisters, all to critical and popular acclaim. She was the movement director on the Almeida's original production of Mike Bartlett's Albion, as well as its revival in 2020. She directed the critically acclaimed Summer and Smoke, which opened at the Almeida before transferring to the West End. The production won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Revival, and Rebecca was also nominated for the Peter Hall Olivier for Best Director. Future projects include directing the world premiere of Martina Majok's Sanctuary City at The New York Theater Workshop, and the German premiere of Nancy Harris' The Beacon at Schauspiel Stuttgart. After graduating from Goldsmiths in 2009 with a First Class BA/Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts Rebecca went on to train on the Directors' Courses at LAMDA. She was the 2012/13 recipient of the National Theatre Studio's Emerging Director Bursary and was the 2015/16 recipient of the acclaimed RTYDS Bursary at Northern Stage.
MARTYNA MAJOK (Book) was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club). Other plays include Sanctuary City (upcoming: New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep), Queens (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), and Ironbound (Steppenwolf, Round House Theatre, WP/Rattlestick, Geffen Playhouse, National Theatre of Warsaw, among many theatres, internationally). Awards include The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, The Greenfield Prize (first female recipient in drama), Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor's Office, Francesca Primus Prize, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, The Lanford Wilson Prize, The Lilly Award's Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play from The Helen Hayes Awards, Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, ANPF Women's Invitational Prize, David Calicchio Prize, Global Age Project Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for The American Dream. MFA: Yale School of Drama, Juilliard; BA: University of Chicago. Martyna was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence, the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. She is currently writing two musical librettos, two feature films, and developing an original series for HBO based on her play, Queens.
FLORENCE WELCH (Lyrics and Music). Hailing from South London, Florence Welch is a Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter of band Florence + The Machine, selling millions of albums worldwide. She has released four studio albums, her debut Lungs in 2009 which received Brits Album of the Year award, Ceremonials in 2011 and in 2015 her third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which topped the charts in the UK and US and saw the band headline the main stage at Glastonbury, as well as Florence winning the Ivor Novello International Achievement Award for song-writing. Florence released and co-produced her fourth studio album, High as Hope in 2018 to critical acclaim and embarked on a worldwide tour to sold out crowds. Florence released her first book, Useless Magic, a collection of lyrics, poetry and illustrations in 2018. She is a Gucci Ambassador and currently features in the Gucci Bloom Fragrance Campaign, released in 2020 as well as appearing in in a Gucci film collaboration series, GucciFest, in an episode directed by Gus Van Sant and Alessandro Michele. Passionate about literature, Florence runs her own online book club Between Two Books which features guest recommendations and readings from artists, writers, musicians and directors.
THOMAS BARTLETT (Music), also known as Doveman, is an American pianist, producer, and singer. He has released four solo albums as Doveman, four albums as a member of The Gloaming, and duo albums with the composer Nico Muhly and the hardanger d'amore player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. As a producer, Bartlett has worked with a range of notable artists. Spanning nearly two decades, Bartlett's career has seen the producer and composer travel all over the world, performing with the National, David Byrne and Anohni, among many others. He has produced records with artists such as St Vincent, Rhye and Yoko Ono. He received Oscar and Grammy nominations for his song Mystery of Love, a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens for the soundtrack to Call Me by Your Name.
JEANIE O'HARE (Story Consultant) is a writer and dramaturg specialising in classical narrative. She has developed new works for The Royal Court Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and NYC's Public Theater. She also served as Chair of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama. She commissioned and developed Matilda the Musical, and her play Queen Margaret, which extracts lesser-known narratives from Shakespeare plays, was produced in 2018.
LEN BLAVATNIK (Producer) is founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global strategic investments in natural resources, media, technology and e-commerce, biotech, and real estate. An owner of Warner Music Group, Access Entertainment, Unigram, the Royal Haymarket Theatre, and other media and entertainment assets, Mr. Blavatnik has co-produced numerous film, Broadway and West End productions. An active global philanthropist, Mr. Blavatnik, through the Blavatnik Family Foundation, supports leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions including art and cultural initiatives that preserve and promote the beauty and history of creativity and innovation.
AMANDA GHOST (Producer) is a three-time Ivor Novello Award winner, a Golden Globe nominee, and has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. As a songwriter and producer she has created hits for some of the music industry's biggest artists including Beyoncé, Shakira, John Legend and James Blunt. Amanda has written and produced theme songs and musical content for several major networks including the BBC, Channel Four and NBC, her original songs have been used in countless TV and film productions including Once in a Lifetime the title track to Beyoncé's film, Cadillac Records (nominated for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture Award) and the worldwide trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby with Florence +The Machine. Ghost was named the new president of Sony Epic Records leaving in 2011 and was previously the CEO of her own record label 'Outsiders', a joint venture with The Universal Music Group. Amanda is a founding partner of Unigram Media Ltd and CEO of AI film, a film financing and production company owned by Access Industries.
UNIGRAM (Producer) is a film, TV, theatre and music production company launched by music executive and producer Amanda Ghost, Film & TV Producer Gregor Cameron and backed by Len Blavatnik's Access Industries. Their first feature film was the late Nineties set, cult classic, Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult and James Corden. Current projects include Tetris: The Movie, starring Golden Globe Award-winner Taron Egerton "Rocketman, Kingsman franchise) and directed by Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie, Filth). Tetris is a co-production with Matthew Vaughn's MARV and AI Film, a sister company to Unigram in Blavatnik's Access Industries Group. AI Film appointed Amanda Ghost as its CEO in 2019. AI Film's past projects include the Golden Globe, Oscar and BAFTA winning biopic I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Bart Layton's crime drama American Animals as well as Mel Gibson's Academy Award winning Hacksaw Ridge, Martin Scorsese's historical drama, Silence, and Lee Daniels' The Butler. In music, Unigram are creating, producing and supervising original movie and theatre scores, including the much-anticipated feature from Lee Daniels', The United States Vs. Billie Holiday and the cast album for the 2020 fourteen Tony Award nominated smash hit Broadway musical Moulin Rouge!
ROBERT FOX (Producer) Robert Fox established Robert Fox Ltd in 1979 and since then has produced many productions in the West End and on Broadway. Before starting his own production company he was Associate Producer on the Original London production of The Rocky Horror Show and Executive Producer on the first London productions of A Chorus Line and Annie. Musical producing credits include in London – David Bowie's Lazarus, Chess, Anything Goes, and The Harder They Come. On Broadway - The Boy From Oz, Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway, Gypsy. Plays in London and New York include Hangmen, The Audience, Skylight, Judas Kiss, Frost/Nixon, Closer, The Lady in the Van, Three Tall Women, The Caretaker, Breath of Life, Burn This, God of Carnage, The Pillowman, Exit The King, Behanding in Spokane, Torch Song Trilogy, Madhouse in Goa, Lettice and Lovage and Another Country. Film credits include The Hours, Atonement, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, Wilde Salomé, A Month By The Lake, and Another Country. Robert is currently executive producer on Netflix's The Crown.
ACCESS ENTERTAINMENT (Co-Producer) Launched in May 2016, Access Entertainment is a division of Leonard Blavatnik's Access Industries, focused on investments across the entertainment sector with a concentration in feature films, premium-quality television, theatre, mobile games and digital content. It is led by Danny Cohen, the former Director of BBC Television. Investments include the acquisition of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, co-financing of plays and musicals on Broadway and the West End, the development and financing of feature films in partnership with Oscar-winning film producer Tessa Ross CBE, corporate and content investment in television production across territories including the UK, US, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and financial backing for YouTube creators. The company's mission is to deliver the highest quality creative content and partner with the very best talent in the world.
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