Everybody’s favorite AP Lit and Comp unit is getting turned into a musical.
The Great Gatsby is headed to the stage, with music and lyrics by Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and a script by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok, The New York Times reports. “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life,” said Welch, who notably contributed the song “Over the Love” to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio. “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.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age novel entered the public domain in January, and has additionally inspired a graphic novel, a prequel about narrator Nick Carraway, a version with zombies, something called The Gay Gatsby, and a forthcoming “big budget” TV show. So we beat on, indeed.