About Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's timeless drama of young love and tragic family conflict comes to Broadway in a startlingly new staging. Movie heartthrob Orlando Bloom (The Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings films) in his Broadway debut and rising stage actress Condola Rashad (The Trip to Bountiful) play the star-crossed lovers who defy their elders to be together. Directed by five-time Tony nominee Daid Leveaux (Nine, The Real Thing), the production features the warring houses of Montague and Capulet played by members of opposite races in a bold example of non-traditional casting. The cast also features Tony winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spiderwoman) as Friar Laurence, Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Dead Accounts, Follies, Well) as the Nurse and Tony winner Chuck Cooper (The Life) as Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet.
It’s love at first sight when teenagers Romeo and Juliet see each other at a crowded ball. But the emnity of their two households prevent them for pursuing their romance. With the aide of Juliet’s worldly nurse and the wise Friar Laurence, the young lovebirds conspire to leave Verona and be married. But plans by Juliet’s father to wed her to the nobleman Paris lead to tragedy.
The running time has not been announced.
There are three bars located on the street level and one bar on the mezzanine where mixed drinks, sodas, and candy may be purchases. Water and the souvenir drink cup are the only beverages permitted in the theatre; the seating capacity is 1,319, the theater was refurbished in 2006 and the Richard Rodgers gallery features memorabilia from the composer’s career.
Did you know?
The last Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet played in repertory with As You Like It and Macbeth in 1986 as part of the Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools.
Famous Juliets Off-Broadway have included Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under in 2007 and Cynthia Nixon of Sex & the City in 1988.
There was an Off-Broadway adaptation for four male actors which played in 1998 and Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep performed a high-profile staged reading for the Public Theater in 2012.
Classical scholars and movie fans alike should find much to cheer in this modern staging of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, plus teen fans of Orlando Bloom will want to watch their hero scale Juliet’s balcony.
Good for kids?
Young children will probably have a hard time with the rarefied language, but mature teens should be able to appreciate and enjoy the romance and the thrilling sword fights.
Richard Rodgers Theatre Location Information:
226 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)
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