Following sold-out and critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House, historian and narrator John Monsky returns to the storied Hall with the premiere of November 1918: The Great War & The Great Gatsby on Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00PM.
Part of the groundbreaking Carnegie Hall Presents…American History Unbound series, November 1918 takes a musical journey through complex times and a war that was believed would end all wars. Celebrated Broadway vocalists join Music Supervisor Ian Weinberger (Hamilton), who conducts the revered 58-piece Orchestra of St. Luke’s with music from the era, including iconic jazz favorites, as John applies his signature blend of meticulous research, rare archival film and photography to this powerful exploration of WWI. Breathtaking stories often lost to history.
“One hundred years ago, every American knew the story of at least three great battles in United States history: Yorktown from the American Revolution, Gettysburg from the Civil War and World War I’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest battle in American history,” said John. “Through the stories of some remarkable figures and transporting -- both popular and obscure — music, The Great War & The Great Gatsby, takes you to the events that led to our bloodiest battles, that would devastate a generation and change our world forever.”
“A new form of storytelling. I was completely blown away.”
— Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall
“It brings history to life. I was absolutely dazzled.”
— Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society
“Thank you… for continuing to share the stories… of those of us who proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII….and to help preserve their legacy, particularly those who were killed or wounded.”
— Arthur Grabiner, WWII Combat Veteran
“A production that has it all—drama, romance, kismet, and spectacular music… it will transport you to a different time….”
— Katie Couric
Adam Jacobs, Kristolyn Lloyd, Kate Rockwell, and More Set For NOVEMBER 1918: THE GREAT WAR AND THE GREAT GATSBY at Carnegie Hall
At long last, 101-year-old Black WWII veteran gets overdue recognition, honor. Historian John Monsky says only a few of Cresencia Garcia's colleagues are left and time is running out for them to be recognized.
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Stephanie Jae Park
Creator, Narrator, Writer
Director, American History Unbound Productions
Music Supervisor, Conductor