Carnegie Center to Celebrate Great Gatsby

Nov 7, 2013

Lexington's Carnegie Center is bringing Fitzgerald's novel to life through its second annual Carnegie Classic.

The 1920s were a time of jazz, revelry, and sweeping social change.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a hallmark of this era, and the Carnegie Center wants to bring it to life.  Spokeswoman Jessica Mohler says through dancing, fashion design, and live music, they hope to recreate essential aspects of the story.

"Without the setting of the 20s, without the fashion, the jazz, the excess, the story wouldn’t have been told the way we know it," she said. 

On the surface, the book depicts the extravagant lifestyles of young socialites, but Fitzgerald also highlighted the shallowness of the era something that Lexington Ballet Director Louis Dominguez says is a large part of his group’s performance.

“The story of Gatsby, all the money, and all the riches, and all the possessions can’t give him true happiness in the end.  We’re trying to mold and give a little bit of these ideas to the dance, and infuse a little bit of that sentiment," he says.

The festivities begin at 7:00 PM Saturday in the Carnegie Center.  Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Additional information is available at their website