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November 1918

The Great War & The Great Gatsby

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 returned 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 to end all wars. Celebrated Broadway vocalists joined Music Supervisor Ian Weinberger (Hamilton), who conducted the revered 58-piece Orchestra of St. Luke’s with music from the era, including iconic jazz favorites, as John applied 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 had knowledge 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.”

Carnegie Hall Press Release

Praise for November 1918: The Great War & The Great Gatsby

Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage/2023

  • “One of the great storytellers of this nation..”

    — Cheryl Wills, Author and Anchor, NY1
  • “.... wonderful... amazing (that) you learn so many new things through (this) show in such an engaging way. It's really compelling....”

    — Cindy Hsu (CBS/Channel 2 News)
  • “With his signature talent of connecting us to the past and masterful storytelling, John weaves together music, archival images, material culture, and meticulously researched accounts of those who bore witness to pivotal moments of WWI.”

    — Katie Couric
  • “A magnificent piece of historical documentation brought to life by state- of-the-art visual technology. I am sure there was not a dry eye left in the house by the end of this one-of-a-kind, deeply moving work of art.”

    — Broadway World
  • “ immersive musical experience....”

    — The Messenger
  • “Through the atrocities of violence and nations being taken by other nations, these songs have led us to survive. With music brilliantly sung, it was affirmed that we can get through anything.”

    — Theater Pizzazz