Live: “The Last Goodbye” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 18th, 2010, 1:24 pm by Greg

Jo Lampert (photo by Sam Hough)

Jo Lampert (photo by Sam Hough)

“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of teen love torn asunder by prejudice, has survived a myriad of musical mutations.

It has been interpreted as a symphony (“Roméo et Juliette” by Hector Berlioz), pop songs (especially by Dire Straits); several ballets (most notably by Sergei Prokofiev) and a handful of operas (highlighted by Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” and Charle Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” the latter upcoming on NYC’s Metropolitan Opera’s 2010-2011 season).

For the Broadway production of “West Side Story,” it was updated to NYC in the ’50s with a powerhouse score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 high-intensity film found Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in a more contemporary setting, with a soundtrack that featured Garbage, Everclear, Prince, the Cardigans, the Butthole Surfers and Radiohead.

And speaking of Radiohead, just last year Jacob’s Pillow hosted a production of “Radio and Juliet,” Ballet Maribor’s unique modern dance interpretation choreographed by Edward Clug to seven songs from the catalog of Thom Yorke’s Radiohead.

All of which leads us to the world premiere of a new musical interpretation, “The Last Gooodbye,” which is currently in the midst of its world premiere run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. And this time around, the star-crossed lovers are mixing it up with the music of the late Jeff Buckley.

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