O Orlando, wherefore art thou? On Broadway, come September.
Film star Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut opposite Condola Rashad in "Romeo and Juliet," with William Shakespeare's original language, but a modern setting in which members of the contentious Montague and Capulet families will be of different ethnicities.
The show will open Sept. 19 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, following previews from Aug. 24. The production, to be directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux ("Nine"), will also star Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, and Joe Morton as Lord Capulet.
Bloom had his breakthrough roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings,” and in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the “Pirates of The Caribbean” film series. He made his London stage debut in 2007 in a revival of David Storey's "In Celebration."
Rashad received a 2012 Tony Nomination for her performance in “Stick Fly,” and appears on Broadway this season in “The Trip to Bountiful,” with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.
While “Romeo and Juliet” is the most famous love story of all time, this will mark the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced for Broadway. The last Broadway production was staged in 1977 at Circle in the Square, with Paul Ryan Rudd and Pamela Payton-Wright. The Public Theater’s 2012 gala featured a staged reading of the tragedy with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 8, 2013 via Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.