Playwright Simon Levy does a beautiful job of distilling Fitzgerald’s sometimes fussy prose. Levy’s combination of narration, dialogue and action delivers most of what is best in the novel…a brilliant distillation. –Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By the end of the evening, there was a longing to see it again. And then again … This adaptation by Simon Levy clearly understood that Fitzgerald s words are sacred and can t be improved upon. What was added, deleted or changed to adapt the story to the stage was so faithful to Fitzgerald that it became seamless … Expectations were far exceeded. –The Arizona Daily Star
Somewhere out there, Jay Gatsby is smiling one of those enigmatic smiles, with everything and nothing behind it. Yes, old sport, Gatsby is saying, that s about right. That s about right. Surely, that smiling sign of approval would be Gatsby s suitably understated take on Simon Levy s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby … a beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel which defined the Jazz Age … This is indeed a grand Gatsby. –The London Free Press
About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time between New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of fourty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald stands as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald s classic novel, and in Simon Levy s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.