Florence Welch, the lead singer of Florence and the Machine, is taking her musical project into the jazz age with a Broadway production of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s masterpiece The Great Gatsby.
The musical will be written by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok and directed by Rebecca Frecknall, Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre in London.
Welch will write the lyrics and co-write the music with Oscar and Grammy-nominated pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett. He previously worked as a producer with Florence + The Machine on the song “Jenny of Oldstones” and has released four albums under the name Doveman.
“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,” Welch said in the press release.
This is not the first time the singer has been linked to Gatsby. In 2013 she wrote the song “Over The Love” for the film adaptation of the book.
Fitzgerald’s iconic novel was published in 1925 and entered the public domain on January 1. Many film adaptations have been made in addition to the 2013 film starring Leonardo Di Caprio as well as an opera and several stage adaptations, including a 1926 Broadway play.