Photo by Jennifer Zmuda | Dancers Jessica Brown & Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Photo by Jennifer Zmuda | Dancers Jessica Brown & Gabriel Gaffney Smith

February 6 – 14, 2015 | Capitol Theatre

  • Friday, 2/6 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2/7 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2/8 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2/12 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 2/13 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2/14 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel of lavish lifestyles and unfulfilled love in the Jazz Age dances from the page to the stage. Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan is a mystical, timeless story of deceit and redemption. Choreographed by BalletMet dancer and Princess Grace Award winner Jimmy Orrante, you’ll experience the decadence and despair of the Roaring 20’s in this audience favorite.

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Scene 1: Jay Gatsby is a romantic idealist and believes that by amassing great wealth, he will win back his former beaux, Daisy, and make all of his dreams come true. Narrator Nick Carraway reflects on Gatsby’s memory of Daisy before the war, and before she was married to Tom Buchanan.

Daisy is the incarnation of Gatsby’s dream and lives with her husband Tom in East Egg, known for its fashionable “old” money.

Scene 2: Gatsby establishes his wealth across the bay from Tom and Daisy in West Egg, known for its “new” money.

Scene 3: Tom represents the extravagance, brutality and moral carelessness of the established rich and he flaunts his wealth by buying Daisy everything she desires.

Scene 4: Nick, Gatsby’s new neighbor, pays a visit to his distant cousin Daisy at her home across the bay. While he is visiting, it becomes clear that Daisy’s husband Tom has a mistress.

Scene 5: Nick receives an invitation to a party at Gatsby’s mansion and later witnesses his neighbor Gatsby reaching out across the bay to the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock in East Egg.

Scene 6: Gatsby throws one of many lavish parties at his mansion in anticipation of an appearance by Daisy. Nick’s love interest, Daisy’s friend Jordan, introduces Nick to Gatsby for the first time.

Scene 7: On a trip into New York City, Tom and Nick first pass George’s gas station in the “valley of ashes.” Tom introduces Nick to his mistress, George’s disgruntled wife, Myrtle.

Scene 8: Tom takes Nick to a party for Myrtle at an apartment in New York City. During the course of the evening, Tom becomes annoyed with Myrtle and lashes out.

Scene 9: Upon Gatsby’s request, Nick arranges to hold tea at his bungalow so that Daisy and Gatsby may “accidentally” bump into one another. During their re-acquaintance, Gatsby reveals his home and newly acquired wealth to Daisy.

Scene 10: On hot summer nights, the parties remain endless and exuberant on Gatsby’s lawn.

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Scene 1: One evening, Tom and Daisy attend Gatsby’s decadent festivities.

Scene 2: Time passes among the main characters and suspicions slowly begin to surface.

Scene 3: As Gatsby and Daisy spend more time together, their affection grows and the parties at Gatsby’s mansion begin to dwindle.

Scene 4: To escape the heat one afternoon, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, Nick and Gatsby decide to travel to a hotel in the city. Tom insists on switching cars with Gatsby and, when Gatsby obliges, Daisy quickly jumps in with him. Once in the city, Tom confronts Gatsby about his feelings for Daisy. Gatsby angrily retaliates and proclaims that Daisy never loved Tom. When Daisy is forced to admit her lack of love for her husband, she becomes flustered and runs out to the car. Gatsby follows.

Scene 5: At the gas station, George and his wife Myrtle argue. He suspects she might be having an affair. She runs into the street to stop a car that she thinks is Tom’s. She is struck and instantly killed.

Scene 6: George is sick over his wife’s death when Tom, Jordan and Nick arrive at the gas station. When confronted by George’s suspicion of an affair, Tom blames Gatsby for everything, including the car accident that took Myrtle’s life.

Scene 7: George travels to Gatsby’s home. Meanwhile, Gatsby waits for Daisy to come to him. Instead, Tom and Daisy retreat back into the comfort of their wealth and marriage. George finds Gatsby at his home and murders him.

Scene 8: Nick is left to reflect on Gatsby’s dream of Daisy.

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BalletMet dancer Jessica Brown. Photo by Jen Zmuda.

BalletMet dancer Jessica Brown. Photo by Jen Zmuda.