Ever think Jeff Buckley would be the perfect soundtrack to the melancholic and romantic tragedies of Shakespeare? Well apparently you’re not alone. In addition to the Jeff-related biopic in the works (which many have mixed feelings about), now there is The Last Goodbye, a present-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet, featuring words and music of Buckley’s. Alex Timbers, 2-time Tony Award nominee, is set to direct. Hallelujah?
According to the Guardian, the show’s mastermind, Michael Kimmel, debuted the musical two years ago at a Massachusetts theater festival. It reportedly included “Lover, You Should Have Come Over” and “Eternal Life,” both off the *stunning* Grace.
The Last Goodbye is set to begin rehearsals in NYC January 27. Of the show, Buckley’s own mother has commented, after being at first skeptical: ”Suddenly I felt that across centuries you had two kindred spirits talking about the same things – love, relationships, suffering, death…It was like having my eyes opened to Jeff’s music in a new light, a different and very natural light.”
Here’s Jeff’s lesser-known, beautiful “Morning Theft,” from posthumous second album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk.