F. Scott Off-Broadway

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are the subjects of a new biographical musical, This Side of Paradise, opening Off-Broadway tomorrow.

The New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog has its reservations. They seem reasonable, even if we do like the idea of pitting Fitzgerald against Andrew Jackson. Let us take a closer look.

Sample lyrics:

From “You May Never Get to East Egg”: Cause you may never get to East Egg / Not if you’re bold, barefaced, or sly / If your origins are in West Egg / They say you’ll stay there until you die.

From “This Side of Paradise”: I’m young / It’s twenty-three skidoo / I’m sprung / It’s St. Paul Toodle-oo / I’m smart/ I’m making cash from art / I’m rich / Well isn’t that a switch?

Well. So it goes. In summary:

If you’ve spent your life waiting for a boxing/dancing scene between Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and the Canadian journalist Morley Callaghan, then your dream moment has finally arrived.

F. Scott Off-Broadway