Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Star in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway

From a media release:

ON BROADWAY:
ROMEO AND JULIET

STARRING INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR ORLANDO BLOOM AND
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE CONDOLA RASHAD
AT BROADWAY’S RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
DIRECTED BY FIVE-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE DAVID LEVEAUX


• Strictly limited engagement; tickets on sale through January 12, 2014
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Orlando Bloom will not appear at the following performances:
Monday December 9 through Thursday December 12 (4 performances)
Monday December 23 through Friday December 27 (4 performances)


(New York, NY) The new Broadway production of Shakespeare’s timeless love story ROMEO AND JULIETstarring international film star Orlando Bloom, making his Broadway debut opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, officially opened Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). ROMEO AND JULIET began previews on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 and is scheduled to run through Sunday, January 12th, 2014.

While ROMEO AND JULIET is the most famous love story of all time, this production – directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux – marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway.  This version of the classic tale retains Shakespeare’s original language but has a modern setting in which members of the Montague family are white, and the Capulet family are black.

The production also stars Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Friar Laurence, two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well, Follies) as the Nurse, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, “House Of Cards”) as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo (All My Sons, The Hurt Locker) as Mercutio, Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson, The Help) as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp (HBO’s “The Girl”, Jerome Salle’s Zulu) as Benvolio, Justin Guarini (American Idiot, Women on the Verge…) as Paris, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt, and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. Completing the cast are 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 includes Scenic Designer Jesse Poleshuck (Sly Fox), Costume Designer Fabio Toblini,  Lighting Designer David Weiner (The Normal Heart, Grace), Sound Designer David Van Tieghem (The Lyons, Doubt), and Hair Designer David Brian Brown (Death of a Salesman, Follies).



One of Shakespeare’s best known and most beloved plays, ROMEO AND JULIET belongs to a tradition of tragic-romances dating back over 500 years.  The famous youthful lovers first appeared in Italian novella in the 1500’s and gained popularity in England after being adapted and translated into English by Arthur Brooke in 1562. As described in Brooke’s poem, “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” – on which Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is based – while the Montagues and Capulets are from different “races” or “stocks” their deadly feud is not based on their race, but rather on the “grudging envy” of men of “equal 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.

The last time ROMEO AND JULIET was produced on Broadway was the 1977 Circle in the Square production featuring Paul Ryan Rudd and Pamela Payton-Wright.  Other notable New York productions include:  the Public Theater’s 2012 gala staged-reading at the Delacorte Theater starring Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production at the Park Avenue Armory starring Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale; the Public Theater’s 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Oscar Isaac and Lauren Ambrose; the 1986 Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools repertory production starring Geoffrey Owens and Regina Taylor; The Old Vic Company’s 1956 production at the Winter Garden Theater starring John Neville and Claire Bloom; as well as the 1940 Broadway production starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Orlando Bloom is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. Conrad Kemp is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.



PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tuesday at 7:00PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM & 8:00PM, Thursdays at 7:00PM, Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM & 8:00PM, and Sundays at 3:00PM.

TICKETS
Tickets are available now at The Richard Rodgers Theatre Box Office (226 West 46th Street) or at Ticketmaster.com/1-800-745-3000. In order to make this production accessible to all, 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20* for purchase by students and educators, available at the box office with valid ID or students may access tickets online in advance exclusively through TIX4STUDENTS (www.tix4students.com).

BIOGRAPHIES

ORLANDO BLOOM (Romeo) had his breakthrough roles in 2001 as the elf-prince "Legolas" in the Academy Award-winning film trilogy The Lord of the Rings and in 2003 as blacksmith "Will Turner" in the Pirates of The Caribbean film series.  He subsequently established himself as a leading man in Hollywood films, including Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven.  His other notable films include Black Hawk Down; Troy; Haven; New York, I Love You; Sympathy For Delicious; The Three Musketeers and The Good Doctor.  He recently reprised his role as "Legolas" in The Hobbit trilogy and just completed filming Zulu with Forest Whitaker.

CONDOLA RASHAD (Juliet) received a 2012 Tony Nomination for her performance in Stick Fly, produced by Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent and directed by Kenny Leon.  Previously, she received rave reviews for her performance in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Ruined, for which she received a Theatre World Award as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination.  Rashad recently starred opposite Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard in Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” and appears on Broadway this season in The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr.  Ms. Rashad is branching out into music with a forthcoming solo album the letter9. 

DAVID LEVEAUX (Director) Five Tony Award nominations for Best Director, including for the musical Nine starring Antonio Banderas; Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing with Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, and Jumpers with Simon Russell Beale and Essie Davis; and Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, and A Moon For the Misbegotten starring Kate Nelligan. 

RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
226 W 46th St
New York, New York 10036


• Strictly limited engagement; tickets on sale through January 12, 2014
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