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The Verdict Reviews: Critics Sound Off on Paper Mill Playhouse's The Great Gatsby

Jeremy Jordan and Eva Noblezada star in the new musical from Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen.

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The world premiere of the new musical The Great Gatsby, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, is open at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, and the reviews are rolling in. Read below to find out what critics are saying.

Directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), the musical officially opened October 22 and will continue through November 12.

The cast is led by Newsies Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, recently seen in Off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, as millionaire Jay Gatsby, and two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon) as socialite Daisy Buchanan.

Video: Watch Eva Noblezada and Jeremy Jordan Perform the Songs of The Great Gatsby

Jordan and Noblezada are joined by Stanley W. Mathis (Jelly’s Last Jam) as Meyer Wolfsheim, Samantha Pauly (Six The Musical) as Jordan Baker, Noah J. Ricketts (Frozen) as Nick Carraway, Paul Whitty (Camelot) as George Wilson, and John Zdrojeski (Good Night, Oscar) as Tom Buchanan.

The cast also features Lauryn Adams, Raymond Edward Baynard, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Austin Colby, Colin Cunliffe, Natalie Charle Ellis, Curtis Holland, Brianna Kim, Dariana Mullen, Pascal Pastrana, Mariah Reives, Julio Rey, Dan Rosales, Maya Sistruck, Jake Trammel, Jake Urban, Tanairi Vazquez, and Katie Webber.

Read the reviews below.

BroadwayWorld (Marina Kennedy)

New Jersey Stage (Adam F. Cohen)

New York Stage Review (Rome Torre)

The New York Times (Brittani Samuel)* (Patrick Maley)

Queerty (Ryan Leeds)

TheaterMania (Cameron Kelsall)

Theater Pizzazz (Adam Cohen)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The Great Gatsby, which features a book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones) and an original score by Tony nominees Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square), is set in the Roaring '20s and follows eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby (Jordan), who will stop at nothing in his tragic pursuit of Daisy Buchanan (Noblezada), a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.

The production also has choreography by Dominique Kelley, music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Howland, musical direction by Daniel Edmonds, scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and Rachael Geier, and fight and intimacy direction by Rocío Mendez. The production stage manager is Brian Bogin. Casting is by C12 Casting.

READ: Hadestown’s Eva Noblezada Is Looking Forward to Not Performing 8 Shows a Week

The Great Gatsby is produced by special arrangement with Chunsoo Shin, award-winning Korean theatre producer and OD Company president.

A separate, immersive production of The Great Gatsby recently played Off-Broadway, while another musical version (by Florence Welch, Thomas Bartlett, and Martyna Majok) will debut in 2024.


See Eva Noblezada, Jeremy Jordan, and More in Production Photos from The Great Gatsby at Paper Mill Playhouse

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