A Discussion on “The Great Gatsby: An American Musical” with the Creators of Marblehead Little Theatre’s Production

A Discussion on “The Great Gatsby: An American Musical” with the Creators of Marblehead Little Theatre’s Production

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In conjunction with Marblehead Little Theatre’s world premiere of “The Great Gatsby: An American Musical,” which will launch the summer season on June 23, Abbot Public Library will host a lively discussion with two of the show’s creators: Fred Anthony Marco and Doug Hill – both Marblehead residents. 

As F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has long been considered one of America’s great novels, the artistic process of turning it into a new original musical will be the focal point of the evening’s discussion, with a nod to past representations in films of the book.

Fred Anthony Marco, the lyricist and book writer, met Frank Schiro (who wrote the show’s music) at the Tony Award-Winning BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop. Marco is a National Alliance for Music Theater (NAMT) finalist and was shortlisted for the American Harmony Prize for his NYC production of “The Family Fiorelli.”

Doug Hill, one of the show’s three producers, is a retired United States Air Force officer who has resided in Marblehead since 1985. In 1999 while he was President of Marblehead Little Theatre, the Board of Selectmen agreed to sell the Firehouse on School Street to our local community theater group and the restoration and the fundraising efforts began in earnest. Over the years, Hill has appeared on stage, produced shows, and remained a strong MLT supporter.

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