What light through yonder window breaks? It's Romeo and Juliet! The new contemporary revival of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, starring Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, begins preview performances on August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux, Romeo and Juliet opens on September 19.
The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. In this modern take on a Shakespeare classic, Bloom and Rashad are the star-crossed lovers.
In addition to Bloom and Rashad, Romeo and Juliet also features Tony winner Brent Carver, two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Conrad Kemp, Justin Guarini, Corey Hawkins and Geoffrey Owens. The company also includes Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory, Sheria Irving, Maurice Jones, Eric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.
The creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes scenic design by Jesse Poleshuck, costume design by Fabio Toblini, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by David Van Tieghem and hair design by David Brian Brown.