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Almost instantly upon its publication in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby became an irresistible lure for dramatists. A stage version, directed by George Cukor, was produced on Broadway in 1926, running 113 performances. Since then, there have been no fewer than three film versions; a fourth, for television, is being filmed as you read this. Then there's The Great Gatsby, the opera by John Harbison, which opened to great fanfare this past December at the Metropolitan Opera.

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