Hallelujah! Jeff Buckley musical in development: The Last Goodbye is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet

From The Guardian:

Hallelujah indeed: a Jeff Buckley musical is in development, with a series of workshops due in New York early next year.

A contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet set to Buckley’s lyrics and songs, The Last Goodbye will be directed by the two-time Tony award nominee Alex Timbers, who recently directed the Broadway hit Peter and the Starcatcher. One of Broadway’s hottest young properties, Timbers makes an eventual Broadway production seem a real possibility.

Michael Kimmel conceived and adapted the project, which has just begun its casting process, following his first self-directed tryout at the 2010 Williamstown theatre festival. Publicity materials for that initial outing indicated “an ensemble of 14 singer/actors bring to life the lyrical beauty of two great poets set in a world of youthful angst, grandeur and grit” and described the piece as an “incendiary new musical”.

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