Montana Rep launches national tour of “The Great Gatsby” with statewide tour

On Stage

Montana Repertory Theatre reintroduces “The Great Gatsby” to a new generation. (Photo by Terry Cyr)

Witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre continues to tell America’s great stories with its production of “The Great Gatsby,” adapted by Simon Levy.

“I first read The Great Gatsby in one thrilling afternoon on the Jersey shore during high school, and I have long dreamed of bringing the novel to the stage,” writes Greg Johnson, the company’s artistic director. “The power of the narrative; the accurate, haunting, and heartfelt snapshot of the Roaring Twenties; and the sheer beauty of the prose still take my breath away.”

With the publication of Levy’s masterful adaptation, Johnson says the stage can offer new, exciting, and fertile ground for the story. “On the stage we can feel the energy of Jay Gatsby, the sensual allure of Daisy Buchanan, and the Everyman complexity of Nick Carraway,” he adds.

The production opens Jan. 23 with the Silver Celebration gala at the Montana Theatre on the campus of The University of Montana, and continues Jan. 24, 29-31 and Feb. 5 and 7 in Missoula. The Rep also visits Plains, Helena, Dillon, Butte, Lewistown and Billings before taking the production on a national tour.

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