Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Photo: Robert Ascroft
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Romeo and Juliet
The Bard's most famous romantic tragedy is going to have a big fall season. There's the film starring teen idols Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth (Shakespeare updated for the Twitter era: #forbiddenlove) and the downtown Classic Stage Company production starring the youngest Olsen sister, Elizabeth, as Juliet. Now director David Leveaux has cast Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in a nontraditional, contemporary Broadway production in which racial tensions contribute to the long feud between the star-crossed lovers' families, the Montagues and the Capulets. And this Romeo better listen to his Juliet—Rashad has yet to make a misstep on Broadway. She's already been nominated for two Tony Awards, while Bloom, who's had a lucrative film career in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings franchises, is making his Broadway debut.
Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. Previews playing now; opens September 19.