THE LAST GOODBYE to Land on Broadway After Another Developmental Tryout?
The Old Globe is currently presenting The Last Goodbye, a new musical fusing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel and directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers, the rock musical might be eventually heading to Broadway.
Producer Hal Luftig told the San Diego Union-Tribune: "My guess is gonna be we're going to need another developmental production. My guess is gonna be we're going to go somewhere else before we just jump on Broadway. And am a big believer in that (developmental process). The first thing we're going to do is we'll finish this run, and then the whole team will get together, probably in late November (in New York)."
He continued: "it's getting harder and harder to just leap onto Broadway. We did a little bit with 'Kinky Boots,' because we had to. It worked, but it was scary as hell. And it could've easily just gone the other way, only because these things take time to develop."
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Choreography is by Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh ("So You Think You Can Dance"), and orchestrations, music direction and arrangements are by Kris Kukul. 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, now through Nov. 3, 2013.
The current cast includes: Hale Appleman (Mercutio), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Romeo), Stephen Bogardus (Friar Laurence), Nancy Snow Carr (Lady Montague), Shannon Cochran (Lady Capulet), Talisa Friedman (Juliet), Brandon Gill (Benvolio), Bryan Scott Johnson (Montague), Eric Morris (Paris), Daniel Oreskes (Capulet), Tonye Patano (Nurse), Wallace Smith (Prince) and Jeremy Woodard (Tybalt) with JAmes Brown III, Billy Bustamante, Drew Foster, Adam Perry,Steve Schepis and Nik Walker (Ensemble), Megan Carmitchel (Additional Vocals), Bradley Gibson (Swing) andAdam Cochran (Band Singer).
Tickets are now on sale, and 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.