‘The Last Goodbye,’ A ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Set To Jeff Buckley’s Music, To Debut

The Last Goodbye, a Romeo And Juliet musical retelling set to the songs of the late Jeff Buckley, will debut in New York in the coming year.

Buckley died in a drowning accident in 1997 at the age of 30.

Broadway director Alex Timbers is at work on The Last Goodbye, which will be workshopped in the coming months. According to the Guardian UK, the musical will include some of Buckley’s most forlorn love songs including Lover, You Should Have Come Over and Eternal Life.

The Last Goodbye wouldn’t be the only Buckley project out there: Gossip Girl star Penn Badgeley recently filmed Greetings From Tim Buckley, a biopic of the singer, which is yet to be released, and yet another biopic stars Reeve Carney from the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Supposedly a third Buckley biopic is afoot, too.

It’s unclear when all these films will come out, but I think we can agree there is a veritable Jeff Buckley resurgance upon us.

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Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Butcher ‘Lilac Wine’

She’s no Jeff Buckley. But Miley Cyrus didn’t butcher Lilac Wine the way you might expect.

Miley performed the ’50s love song, famously covered by everyone from Nina Simone to Buckley, live with her band this summer in a series she called "The Backyard Sessions."  There’s something just a bit off — the key? the entire song in alto? — but she’s nevertheless proved that between this and the (much better) cover of Bob Dylan’s You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go that Hannah Montana can be trusted beyond Party In The U.S.A.

And while we’re talking Jeff Buckley covers, Penn Badgeley from Gossip Girl, who is starring as Buckley in a forthcoming biopic, ain’t too shabby in his Lilac Wine cover either. 

 

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Remembering Jeff Buckley, Fifteen Years Later

The world lost a powerful voice when Jeff Buckley drowned in Wolf River Harbor near Memphis, Tennessee fifteen years ago today. Known for a wide vocal range and a repertoire that included songs by Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and Leonard Cohen, Buckley was a talented songwriter in his own right, yet only completed one studio album, Grace, in his short career. His songs still provoke an emotional response today (listening to "Lover, You Should’ve Come Over" brings me back to lonesome nights in my freshman year dorm, pining for an imaginary love), and today we remember Buckley for his immense talent. 

Below, listen to some of his most-loved songs. 

"Last Goodbye"

"So Real"

"Lover, You Should’ve Come Over"

"Lilac Wine"

"Hallelujah"

Spider-Man’s Reeve Carney Cast as Jeff Buckley in One of Three Upcoming Biopics

Two years ago – almost a decade in Hollywood years – James Franco and Robert Pattinson were top contenders for the role of Jeff Buckley in the then-sole Buckley production in the works. But fast-forward to 2011, and there are now three upcoming Buckley biopics, and no mention of Franco or R-Patz. This week, it was confirmed that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actor Reeve Carney will star in director Jake Scott’s version, while Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley was recently cast in Greetings From Tim Buckley.

Though the Reeve Carney and Penn Badgley productions have been well publicized, Gothamist argues that the third project will at least provide, you know, variety.

Reeve Carney will appear in what seems to be the biggest production of the three, with Jake Scott (Ridley’s son) directing and Buckley’s mom, Mary Guibert, officially signed on as a producer. The film is currently untitled, but the crew has secured rights to Buckley’s music catalog, which means that, yes, “Hallelujah” will definitely be featured. Despite possible Spider Man conflicts, it’s slated to begin filming between Memphis and New York this November.

Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley, may be the first Buckley biopic to hit the big screen, since they’ve already got a title and will begin filming in Brooklyn before the end of August. This version will highlight Buckley’s relationship with his singer-songwriter father, Tim Buckley, who overdosed in 1975.

Finally, there’s A Pure Drop, which was written by Train Houston. Houston says that her previous Buckley biopic ideas actually inspired Buckley’s mom to make a film about her son. Brendan Fletcher will direct this one, which will spotlight the late musician’s personality, especially the “fun-loving” “loopy” and “goofy aspects” of it.

The best things come in threes, right?

Robert Pattinson & James Franco Fight for Jeff Buckley Role

imageMore on what we briefly noted: Because the creative drought in Hollywood isn’t letting up anytime soon, what better time than the present to roll out yet another musician’s biopic? Since we’ve already dispensed with the obligatory Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash flicks and aren’t quite ready for a look into Freddie Mercury’s life, why not settle on the man who gave capable and unfortunate musicians alike a chance to sing their own “Hallelujah”s?

Currently competing for the chance to play Jeff Buckley are heart-throbs Robert Pattinson and James Franco. Since auditions and line-readings are things of a former era in the world of casting, the final decision will probably come down to whichever thesp can demonstrate the dreamiest Buckley pout.

Links: Megan Fox Got High, Denise Richards’ Various Sizes

● Jeff Buckley fans will not only be horrified to learn that there is a biopic in the works, but that Jared Leto, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson are all in the running to play the late singer. [Exclaim] ● Peaches Geldof, 20-year-old divorcee and party girl, says she’s a better role model than Disney mascot Miley Cyrus. [TheSun] ● Megan Fox is all for the legalization of marijuana and doesn’t appreciate that people think she’s a “crazy hippie” for smoking a doobie once in awhile. [KansasCity]

● Denise Richards copped to Howard Stern that she has had three different boob jobs: first was too big, second was even bigger, but the third pair was just right. [Wonderwall] ● Craig Ferguson is in the running to host the Emmys — a welcome improvement from last year’s disastrous five reality show hosts. [Variety] ● Cult writer Neil Gaiman is dating singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer; they collaborated on her debut album. [Spin]

The Verdict on Scarlett Johansson’s Jeff Buckley Cover

Anything I write on this site about Scarlett Johansson is an excuse for me to Google her, click on the image tab, and choose from a seemingly endless gallery of pixelated ScarJo wonderfulness. So when I read via Stereogum that she was following up her debut album with a Jeff Buckley cover song, I was all, nice!

So which lucky Buckley song gets Scarlett’s smoky treatment? It’s “Last Goodbye,” one of his best-loved tracks. The song is for the soundtrack to her new movie He’s Just Not That Into You (which coincidentally, BlackBook‘s Editor-in-Chief was just not that into). When her album of Tom Waits covers Anywhere I Lay My Head was released last year, she escaped all-out critical assault by hiding behind the gauzy production of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. This time Scarlett braves it with nothing but a solo piano, letting her voice do the heavy lifting, and the results are good. Very good. The next time meanie bloggers attack her singing, Scarlett Johansson can and should tell them to shut up.
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