Jeff Buckley/Shakespeare Musical in the Works

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.