Alysha Umphress, Jay Armstrong Johnson and More to Star in New Musical Adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY

A 29-hour private reading of a new musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, written by the Tony Award-nominated musical duo of Nathan Tysen and Jason Howland (Paradise Square), with book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones) and directed by Mark. Bruni (Nani: The Carole King Musical), will be held tomorrow, Friday, May 20 in New York City.

The reading features Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town) in the titular role of Jay Gatsby, and Noah J. Ricketts (Frozen), Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), John Behlmann (Tootsie), Eric Anderson (Moulin Rouge!), Paul Whitty (Come from Away), and Grace Yoo (Hadestown), with an ensemble featuring Milo Alosi, Tyrone Davis Jr., Victoria Huston-Elem, Danny Kornfeld, Elena Ricardo, Housso Semon, Yasmeen Sulieman, and Daniel Torres.

The event is presented by Chun-Soo Shin of OD Company, with music directed by Daniel Edmonds, stage managed by Brian Bogin, executive produced by Foresight Theatricals, with sound design by Brian Ronan, and Stephen Kopel threw.

Set in the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest American novels. It tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a millionaire, and his desperate pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman he fell in love with in his youth. This new musical brings lovers to life against the backdrop of a jazz and pop-infused score, bringing The Great Gatsby into the 21st century.


Nathan Tysen (Lyrics). Broadway & West End: Paradise Square (Tony nominated), Amélie (Olivier & Grammy nominated), Tuck Everlasting. Off-Broadway: The Burnt Part Boys, Fugitive Songs, Stars of David. Category: Stillwater, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. TV/Movies: A Killer Party, “Sesame Street,” “Elmo’s World,” and “The Electric Company.” Gifts from teachers Kleban, Ebb, Rodgers, and Larson. Author/director of Lovewell Institute, which works in music with young adults. MFA NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, BFA Missouri State University.

Jason Howland (Music) is a musical theater composer, actor, director, music director, and producer. Broadway: Paradise Square (Tony Nomination), Little Women. In 2015, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his work on the recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Kait Kerrigan (Book) is an award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones, Henry & Mudge. He wrote the book and music for The Bad Years, Republic, Irena, and music for Justice (world premiere Arizona Theater Company 2021), Ernxst (Or the important thing to live), Rosie Revere , Engineer & Friends, and Earthrise. His plays include Father/Daughter (world premiere at Aurora Theater Company 2021), Disaster Relief, Imaginary Love, and Transit. His work has been developed by La Jolla, Kennedy Center, Theatreworks/Silicon Valley, Primary Stage, Goodspeed, and others. Awards: Kleban, Larson, Cinema of Excellence. Alumna of Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Page 73’s I-73, Barnard College, BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop.

Marc Bruni (Director) directed the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, in the West End, US/UK Tours, and in Australia, winning the Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Direction of a Song. Bruni’s other directing credits include: Trevor the Musical (Off Broadway- Stage 42, Writers Theatre), The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theater Club), The Tale of Despereaux (with PigPen Theater Co.- Old Globe Theatre, Berkeley Rep) , Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theater and Royal George in Chicago- Jeff Award nomination for Direction), Hey, Look Me Over!, Paint Your Wagon, Pipe Dream and Fanny for NY City Center Encores!, The Music Man, How to Succeed .., and 50 years of Broadway (Kennedy Center), Roman Holiday: The Cole Porter Musical (Golden Gate), The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), and 7 shows for the St. Louis MUNY with Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and The Sound of Music (two Kevin Kline nominations). He also directed the eight-part musical A Killer Party. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a member of SDC.

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