'The Last Goodbye' retells the story of 'Romeo and Juliet' using the late songwriter's music
A musical production based on Jeff Buckley is set to open this autumn at The Old Globe in San Diego.
The Last Goodbye – named after one of Buckley’s most popular songs – has been conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel and retells the story of Romeo And Juliet using songs by the late singer.
Billboard reports that the musical will likely end up on Broadway in New York, given the high profile producers attached to the project – Hal Luftig [‘Kinky Boots’] and Ruth and Steve Hendel [‘Fela!’].
The show debuted in 2010, but the San Diego production marks its first commercial run. It will be staged from September 20 until November 3. The musical has been workshopping over the past two years, with director Alex Timbers at the helm.
The production will use Buckley songs such as ‘Lover, You Should Have Come Over’ and ‘Eternal Life’.
Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert said of the production: “I cannot imagine a better launching pad for this project than the Old Globe. Michael Kimmel’s concept, which combines Jeff’s music and the Bard’s words, lifts the story to another level entirely.”
Jeff Buckley passed away in 1997 at the age of 30 after accidentally drowning in the Wolf River in Tennessee.