Published May 06, 2009For better or worse, the music of Jeff Buckley is set to get a Shakespearian makeover. Next week, the deceased songwriter's tunes will be adapted for use in a new musical version of Romeo and Juliet, which on May 11 will make its debut in New York City.
The production, which comes "with the permission of The Estate of Jeff Buckley," is being dubbed The Last Goodbye (presumably after the Grace song of the same name) and is being adapted for the stage by director Michael Kimmel and Kris Kukul. According to Buckley's official website: "Created hundreds of years apart, the timeless work of two of history's great poets collide in this visceral and moving world premiere theatrical event. Part rock concert, part Elizabethan verse, part 21st century musical, The Last Goodbye features a cast of 14 extraordinary young up-and-coming actor/singers. Told through Jeff Buckley's daring and soulful music, William Shakespeare's romantic and violent tragedy is new yet again."
If you are in or near New York, the show is set for three performances at Joe's Pub and all the ticket information is over here. And while Buckley has made no comment on The Last Goodbye, he sure wasn't too pleased about that last Grace re-release.