What do you get when you combine the classic Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet with the songs of late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley? The Last Goodbye, a new musical kicking off the 2013-14 season at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel and directed by Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Last Goodbye will begin performances September 20 and play a limited engagement through November 3 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. Casting will be announced shortly.
The Last Goodbye views the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues firmly from the perspective of the young people it impacts most, and the violence, turmoil and passion in the public streets and private rooms of Verona are given voice not only through Shakespeare’s celebrated poetry and Buckley’s emotional song catalogue.
The musical premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2010, starring Kelli Barrett, Nick Blaemire, Michael Park, Celina Carvajal, Merle Dandridge, Damon Daunno, Tom Hennes, Max Jenkins, Jo Lampert, Jesse Lenat, Deb Lyons, Grace McLean, Ashley Robinson and Chloe Webb.
The Last Goodbye will feature choreography by Sonya Tayeh and orchestrations, music direction and arrangements by Kris Kukul.