If two films being made about the life of Jeff Buckley weren’t enough, why not a Broadway musical as well?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Old Globe in San Diego will launch its 2013-2014 season with The Last Goodbye, a musical reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that features a soundtrack by the late singer-songwriter.
Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel, the show first premiered in September 2010 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Produced by Hal Luftig and Ruth and Steve Hendel, whose past theater credits include Kinky Boots and Fela!, the show is looking to make a future premiere on Broadway after two years of development courtesy of director Alex Timbers.
The show carries the full support of the Buckley estate, with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert saying Michael Kimmel’s concept “lifts the story [of Romeo and Juliet] to another level entirely.”