What happened after The Great Gatsby? What did we miss? New musical Looking for Gatsby presents a fresh take on a classic, delving into scenes that Fitzgerald never revealed. What a great event for lovers of literature and new musical theatre – and that includes me!
In 1928 New York, a woman walks into a derelict Speakeasy – she says she is “looking for Gatsby”. She has something to tell him…
Picking up where F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby ended, Jay Gatsby’s lover, Daisy, needs to confront the past in order to move on. She now has the chance to fully address the issues that have always been glossed over.
In Gatsby’s Speakeasy, Fitzgerald’s fantastical characters play out the drama, the wry humour and the tragedy of the fast-vanishing Jazz Age. What secrets are stirred as Daisy is forced to confront the past she’s been trying to escape?
With a book by Linnie Reedman and music and lyrics by Joe Evans, Looking for Gatsby features an original score, mixing electro-swing with 1920s Jazz. This new musical is presented as a work in progress as part of The Other Palace’s series of workshop sharings.
Starring as Daisy Buchanan is Beth Burrows, who I’m delighted to work with again after Lady with a Dog and Sirens The Show earlier this year. She’s joined in the cast by Adam Newington, Anton Tweedale, Ellen Chivers, Jon House, Megan Armitage, Sam Veck and, last but not least, Matthew Bugg (who I’ve worked with on two Miss Nightingale Q&As – another reunion).
After the performance of Looking for Gatsby on Monday 12 November 2018 at The Other Palace, I’ll be joined by the writers and members of the company to discuss the show’s development with the audience.