Saturday, October 19, 2013

Romeo, Juliet, and Orlando Bloom

For the first time in 36 years the classic story of "Romeo and Juliet" is back on the Broadway stage with a cast to die for, and I got to see it all last Saturday in New York.  Thanks to the beau, it was such a great surprise!  Coincidentally it's playing in the same theater where we first saw "In the Heights."  

The title couple is played by the beautiful Condola Rashad and the dreamy Orlando Bloom.  This is the second time I've seen Condola Rashad perform, and I think she has some hidden fire.  The first time was in "The Trip to Bountiful."  Hopefully, she'll do something a bit more raw and modern in the future.  Either way, I'm excited to see what she does next.  Orlando Bloom was Orlando Bloom: effortlessly smoldering.  English accent.  Jeans and a t-shirt never looked better.

As good as the leads are, Chuck Cooper who plays Lord Capulet takes control in his scenes.  Roslyn Ruff who plays Lady Capulet is power, and the nurse brings the comic relief.  And if you ever wondered what happened to Elvin from the Cosby Show, he's in it too (Prince Escalus).  Overall, I thought the show was solid.  It was nice to see it a little more contemporary, for instance Orlando riding in on a motorcycle, but the language maintained the integrity of the original; the underworked set design let the actors speak for themselves.  One of the best scenes is the dance party/ball which will definitely wake you up.  It's equal parts strange and fantastic, hip and moody with some Afro inspired dancing and a rocking cello performance.  The cast and direction makes it fresh and new.

The show will be running until Janurary 12, 2014, so there is plenty of time to see it.

If you're a student you can get a ticket for less than $30 (fees included)! (here)

P.S. Orlando Bloom will not be in 8 performances in December, so check the dates if you're interested in going; I would hate for anyone to be disappointed. (here)

Swag. Swag. Swag.


Security all up in the pictures, geesh!

Orlando Bloom signing the cover of my playbill!

Justin Giuarini slips out quickly for lunch 

Roslyn Ruff (Lady Capulet).

And you might as well do a little shopping if you're in the area, right?

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday huh?  Just don't order the soup before the show.
Interested? Seen it? I'd love to hear what you think! :-)

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