Parting is such sweet sorrow! So, instead, Justin Guarini, Christian Camargo and Roslyn Ruff are joining the new Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leaveaux, Romeo and Juliet will begin previews August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an opening night set for September 19.
Camargo will play Romeo's close friend Mercutio, Guarini will play Juliet's preferred suitor Paris and Ruff will play the headstrong Lady Capulet. Also joining the cast of Romeo and Juliet are Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast will also feature the previously reported Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence and Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet.
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. 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.
Camargo was last on Broadway in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. His TV and film credits include The Hurt Locker, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Dexter. Guarini's Broadway credits include American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He is best-known for being the runner-up on season one of American Idol. Ruff appeared on Broadway in the revival of Fences. Her off-Broadway credits include The Piano Lesson, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Macbeth, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours. Ruff's TV and film credits include The Help, Salt, Rachel Getting Married, The Big C and The Good Wife.