International film star Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) will make his Broadway debut during the upcoming Fall season alongside Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (The Trip To Bountiful, Stick Fly, Steel Magnolias), as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in ROMEO AND JULIET. The production will be helmed by Broadway mainstay David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano, Jumpers). Opening is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, following preview performances which begin Saturday, August 24, 2013. Two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Dead Accounts, Well) will play the Nurse and Tony Award nominee Joe Morton (Art,Raisin) will play Lord Capulet.
Previously, R & J had been produced on Broadway a total of 35 times but has not been mounted since 1987 when it starred Rene Moreno and Regina Taylor, we know, who? According to press notes, this new production is to have a modern setting in order to accomodate the non- traditional casting. Press notes further state, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”
“Shakespeare did not only write of his world – he imagined ours,” said Leveaux. “The very improbability that two young people might, through their imaginations and their courage, change the world by overcoming the cynical tyranny of division handed down to them by their elders, is the best and happily most improbable reason I can imagine to bring this story to the Broadway stage today.”
Currently, tickets are available exclusively to TheaterAdvisor partner Audience Rewards members beginning today, Monday, April 1, 2013 at NOON and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 8, 2013 via Ticketmaster.com for performances through Sunday, November 24, 2013.
The production will be selling 100 tickets per performance at $20 for purchase by students and educators with a valid ID.