Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of The Great Gatsby musical, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, officially opened October 22 after beginning previews October 12. Directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), performances are scheduled to continue through November 12 at the New Jersey venue. Check out the photo galleries from the opening night red carpet and curtain call below.
The cast is led by Newsies Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, recently seen in Off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, as millionaire Jay Gatsby, and two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon) as socialite Daisy Buchanan.
Jordan and Noblezada are joined by Stanley W. Mathis (Jelly’s Last Jam) as Meyer Wolfsheim, Samantha Pauly (Six The Musical) as Jordan Baker, Noah J. Ricketts (Frozen) as Nick Carraway, Paul Whitty (Camelot) as George Wilson, and John Zdrojeski (Good Night, Oscar) as Tom Buchanan. The cast also features Lauryn Adams, Raymond Edward Baynard, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Austin Colby, Colin Cunliffe, Natalie Charle Ellis, Curtis Holland, Brianna Kim, Dariana Mullen, Pascal Pastrana, Mariah Reives, Julio Rey, Dan Rosales, Maya Sistruck, Jake Trammel, Jake Urban, Tanairi Vazquez, and Katie Webber.
The Great Gatsby, which features a book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones) and an original score by Tony nominees Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square), is set in the Roaring '20s and follows eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby (Jordan), who will stop at nothing in his tragic pursuit of Daisy Buchanan (Noblezada), a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.
The production also has choreography by Dominique Kelley, music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Howland, musical direction by Daniel Edmonds, scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and Rachael Geier, and fight and intimacy direction by Rocío Mendez. The production stage manager is Brian Bogin. Casting is by C12 Casting.
“The jazz era setting of The Great Gatsby presents such a natural opportunity for music,” said Paper Mill Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee in an earlier statement. “But this team has also found ways to musicalize the characters’ deep, rich hopes and dreams with such surprising and dramatic subtlety. We cannot wait to welcome Paper Mill audiences to this thrilling world premiere of The Great Gatsby.”
The Great Gatsby is produced by special arrangement with Chunsoo Shin, award-winning Korean theatre producer and OD Company president.