Jeff Buckley Musical, THE LAST GOODBYE, to Play Old Globe This October
The Old Globe will open its 2013-14 Season with The Last Goodbye, a new musical that marries Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the incendiary songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel, the rock musical is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Choreography is by Sonya Tayeh ("So You Think You Can Dance"), and orchestrations, music direction and arrangements are by Kris Kukul. The complete creative team and casting, as well as the remainder of the Globe's new season, will be announced at a later date. The Last Goodbye will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Sept. 20 - Nov. 3, 2013. Preview performances run Sept. 20 - Oct. 5. Opening night is Sunday, Oct. 6. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
The Last Goodbye is a remarkable fusion of the classic and the modern, melding Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in its original text and period, with some of the most thrilling rock music of the past 20 years, staged with limitless invention by one of the true theatrical visionaries at work today. That light in yonder window is still the east and Juliet is still the sun . . . but the sound in her bedchamber is all new: the sweeping, emotional and extraordinarily beautiful songs of the late rock icon Jeff Buckley. 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 but also through music that is intimate and epic, raucous and sublime.
The Old Globe is pleased to produce this new version of The Last Goodbye by special arrangement with Hal Luftig, Ruth and Steve Hendel, The Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group and Executive Producer Lauren Fitzgerald. An earlier version had its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2010, where it broke all box office records for Williamstown's Nikos Stage. The new version opening at The Old Globe reflects two years of developmental workshops under the direction of Alex Timbers.
"I am deeply proud and very excited to launch the Globe's 2013-14 Season, and my tenure as Artistic Director here, with The Last Goodbye," said Barry Edelstein. "This daring, moving and hugely entertaining work brings together many of the things that are central to the Globe's identity: a classic text, the vibrant energies of the musical theater, a sumptuous and splendid production and a creative team of the first rank in the American Theater. It's a particular thrill to welcome Alex Timbers to the Globe, an artist whose work delights and surprises and whose sensibility renews the American musical in ways I both appreciate and admire. I know that audiences in San Diego and beyond will love this powerful and original show."
"I cannot imagine a better launching pad for this project than The Old Globe," said Mary Guibert, mother of the late Mr. Buckley. "Michael Kimmel's concept, which combines Jeff's music and the Bard's words, lifts the story to another level, entirely . . . and it rocks! I can't wait to share it with the world."
Michael Kimmel is the Creator/Adaptor of The Last Goodbye. In concert, The Last Goodbye has been performed at Wild Project, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater and Westside Theatre (produced by The Public Theater). Kimmel is also the creator/writer of Turn of the Screw, a modern, musical adaptation of the classic Henry James novella with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini ("Smash"). Turn of the Screw had its concert debut at Lincoln Center this past summer. Kimmel and Gasparini are also collaborating on the anticipated Untitled Pop Musical, focusing on the rise and fall of pop star Jenna Styles, expected to debut in summer 2013. In addition, Kimmel is the book writer for Painless, with music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, which recently debuted at Joe's Pub. He is a graduate and adjunct faculty member of Fordham University's Theatre Program at Lincoln Center.