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THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread

THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread

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#1THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/2/23 at 7:39pm

For some reason, I either couldn't find (or open) our previous thread on this production — maybe it was deleted by the mods? — so creating this one now. Anyway, rehearsals begin on Tuesday for Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen's The Great Gatsby, directed by Marc Bruni; it will run from October 12 — November 12 at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.

With that, the full company should be announced in a press release real soon — I hear that Samantha Pauly is involved in this project. I have no clue who else is going to be in it, but if we know anything about Howland, it's that he loves recruiting several cast members from his previous projects for whatever he's working on at the moment. I'd expect a sizable amount of BeautifulParadise Square, and Shucked alums joining Jordan, Noblezada, and Pauly in this cast.

 


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Updated On: 9/2/23 at 07:39 PM

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#2THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/2/23 at 7:51pm

Sam Pauly as Jordan is the only thing that will get me to make a trip from the city at this point... that's a draw for me


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#4THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/2/23 at 9:11pm

Unless this bombs like Hercules, this is a planned Broadway transfer.


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#5THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/2/23 at 9:41pm

Whitty and Ricketts also did the private reading for this show in May 2022. 

Gotta think the ensemble will include at least a few more people from previous Howland shows (Ricketts was in Beautiful).


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#6THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/18/23 at 9:48am

 

 

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#7THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/18/23 at 10:23am

Curious how the two Gatsbys will differ in plot.

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#8THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/18/23 at 10:54am

For the thirsty among us, Ray Baynard (MJ, Bad Cinderella) is in the ensemble.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cw-uQ3XLrFi/?img_index=1


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#10THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 11:39am

RippedMan said: "Curious how the two Gatsbys will differ in plot."

What? It’s a book, how different can the plot be for the two?

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#11THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 11:41am

willep said: "RippedMan said: "Curious how the two Gatsbys will differ in plot."

What? It’s a book, how different can the plot be for the two?
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I mean, look at the two Wild Parties. Same source material and very different takes. 


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#12THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 11:55am

jacobsnchz14 said: "https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxvW8urur07/

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxvXN9xu6Qd/

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxvWW1PuLbt/
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The clips are promising, and I think getting Eva was a major win for them.

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#13THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 12:07pm

Holy mother of God! I am in tears just from watching that clip! I cannot imagine what this will sound like with a full orchestra! My excitement for this just shot up!


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#14THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 12:20pm

Eva singing "Beautiful Little Fool" in its entirety:

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZT8Md7E2v/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxvbmw8ObRI/

"My Green Light" in its entirety:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxvbmw8ObRI/

 

Updated On: 9/28/23 at 12:20 PM

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#15THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 12:23pm

Obviously, we haven’t heard Welch’s music from the A.R.T. Gatsby yet, but this is already giving me Lippa’s Wild Party. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, time will tell. That said, I’m firmly in the LaChiusa camp on that versus battle, and these clips are doing absolutely zero for me.

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#16THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 12:39pm

Agreed. This is giving grade A bland. 

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#17THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 1:19pm

That opening number is not great, even if Jordan and the ensemble sound and look great. 


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#18THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 1:50pm

If we're already getting two Gatsbys, can we get three? I want one written and VERY liberally adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, dragging Cole Sprouse into the cast as Nick Carraway to hate-monologue his way through the narration and make every possible excuse not to sing or dance. 

Three isn't enough, let's do four. What does the Lin-Manuel Miranda Gatsby look like? Someone sit him down and don't give him any Schmackery's until he writes it.

Ahh let's go for five. Where's the Ivo Van Hove Gatsby, performed in a vintage bathhouse being actively demolished around the cast as they perform? Featuring video of Christopher Walken in a filmed cameo as Meyer Wolfsheim and TJ Eckleberg, visually glowering down at the cast through the entire performance from a 360 looping video screen.

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#19THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 2:20pm

I liked the choreo in the opening number...but did make me think of Fosse/Pippin (which isn't a bad thing)

 

But the music itself?   Sounded so generic....what a time to live in the time period that (seemingly) has been missed.

 

Still looking forward to seeing this, but hoping the ART version finds its time period better.


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Ricey2
#20THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 3:41pm

I am already not vibing with it, but I love The Great Gatsby. I am going to go in with an open mind. The opening number was very off to me though. 

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#21THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 4:05pm

I truly hope Jordan’s bit with the mask was just a rehearsal room thing and not something that will be in the production. 


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

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#22THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 4:10pm

While it sounds good, and looks good… I’d love to see an ensemble with a bit more body and or age diversity.
 

 

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#23THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 9/28/23 at 4:21pm

Mixed feelings based on these clips. On the one hand, these clips, admittedly not much to go on, don't seem to evoke the tone of the original novel. (I was half-expecting Nick to walk on as a Che-like narrator and say "That's how she tells this story to herself, but..."THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread On the other hand, I never really liked the original novel or understood what was so incredible about it, so maybe an adaptation that goes in another direction isn't such a bad idea. If that direction actually turns out to be interesting.

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#24THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 10/1/23 at 1:28am

It is notable that they changed their Instagram handle to @bwaygatsby. Seems inevitable that it will transfer to broadway.

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#25THE GREAT GATSBY @ Paper Mill Playhouse Thread
Posted: 10/1/23 at 3:38am

TaffyDavenport said: "Eva singing "Beautiful Little Fool" in its entirety:

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZT8Md7E2v/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxvbmw8ObRI/

"My Green Light" in its entirety:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxvbmw8ObRI/


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I'm kind of getting a bad feeling that the songs might have the same amount of depth as the music in Paradise Square and also be a waste of its super talented cast if you pay any attention to the lyrics.

Also, I WISH this was Lippa's Wild Party. That would be more fun. That mask thing was not cute to me so it ruined the one upbeat number they've shown off. 


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