Condola Rashad, Joe Morton to Star in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ on Broadway

Broadway's Romeo and Juliet

Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star alongside Orlando Bloom on Broadway this fall in a modern take on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, producers announced yesterday.

Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the production centers on the classic feud between the Montague and Capulet families and will focus on an added racial element in this version of the play. Although the new version will have a modern setting, the play’s original text will be used.

Rashad, who currently stars in The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway, will play the role of Juliet. Bloom will fill the shoes of Romeo. The production will also feature Joe Morton as Juliet’s father.

Romeo and Juliet will open on Broadway on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, following preview performances beginning Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Rashad received a Tony nomination in 2012 as best featured actress for her Broadway debut in Stick Fly. Prior to that, she turned heads with her breakout performance Off Broadway in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Ruined. Rashad also starred with Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard in the recent Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias.

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