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Gatsby, Featuring Music By Florence Welch, Will Premiere at A.R.T. in 2024

Gatsby, a brand-new musical stage adaptation of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will have its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in 2024. The musical will feature music by Florence Welch with a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok. It will be directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin and choreographed by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh. Additional news about the musical to be announced soon.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is Getting a Sequel Not Written by Dr. Seuss

65 years after Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was published, the classic Christmas story is getting a sequel. This marks the first time the Grinch’s story has been expanded upon without Seuss, who died in 1991. The new book, How the Grinch Lost Christmas, will be written by Alastair Heim with art by Aristides Ruiz. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the most beloved holiday celebration books of all time. Adding to that legacy with a sequel is a process we have carefully considered, and we love what the author and illustrator have created,” President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises Susan Brandt said in a press release. “We feel it will be yet another heartwarming piece of Seussian literature that will help families around the world grow their hearts three more sizes as they celebrate the holidays for decades to come.” How the Grinch Lost Christmas will hit shelves on September 5.

HBO Orders It Prequel Series Welcome to Derry

HBO Max given a straight-to-series order to a drama based on Stephen King’s horror novel It. Andy Muschietti (who made the film adaptations It and It: Chapter Two) will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode. Also on board are filmmakers Barbara Muschietti and Jason Fuchs. The new project has a working title of Welcome to Derry, and while many details about the series are still unknown, we do know that this will be a prequel to the original story. Of the upcoming series, Stephen King said, “I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara…Red balloons all around!”

The Big Five Aren’t Enough: Supporting Small Presses Supports Communities

Small presses know their communities and invest in the literature they specialize in, making a way for a wider range of books to be published.