Tony winners Chuck Cooper and Brent Carver will join headliners Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in David Leveaux’s Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet. Carver will play Friar Laurence and Cooper will replace Joe Morton in the role of Lord Capulet. The classic Shakespearean love story begins performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 24, with an official opening night set for September 19.
The first Broadway staging in 36 years, this revival of Romeo and Juliet will honor Shakespeare’s written verse while moving the show’s setting to contemporary time in which the warring Montague and Capulet families are of different ethnicities.
Carver won a Tony Award for his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman. His other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of King Lear and Parade and the regional productions of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, Jacques Brel, Fiddler on the Roof, The Tempest and The Elphant Man.
Cooper won his Tony Award for the musical The Life. He most recently appeared in the acclaimed off-Broadway revival of The Piano Lesson. His other credits include the stage productions of Finian’s Rainbow, Caroline, or Change, Avenue X, Chicago, Lennon and the hit Netflix series House of Cards.