Hollywood heartthrob Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star in a modern take on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on Broadway this fall. The revival will begin performances August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening night is set for September 19.
Directed by Tony nominee David Leveaux, the production will also star Tony nominees Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse and Joe Morton as Lord Capulet. The revival will add an element of racial contrast to the tale of two "star-crossed lovers," with the Capulets being played by black actors and the Montagues by white actors.
One of Shakespeare's most well-known and performed plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. Classic Stage Company recently announced its own off-Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, which is set to star Elizabeth Olsen as Juliet.
Bloom will make his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet. His film credits include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Elizabethtown, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, The Three Musketeers and Black Hawk Down.
Rashad is currently starring in the Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Stick Fly. Rashad's other theater credits include Ruined, Tambourines To Glory and Pearl. Her film and TV credits include 30 Beats, Sex and the City 2, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Smash, Georgetown, The Good Wife and Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias remake.