Film star Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings) is taking the Broadway stage with two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful). Bloom and Rashad will play the star-crossed lovers in the new production of Romeo and Juliet, which will be directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Nine, The Glass Menagerie, Jumpers). The production also features Tony Award nominees Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Dead Accounts) as the Nurse and Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Chicago, Finian's Rainbow) as Lord Capulet.
Romeo and Juliet will begin previews August 24, 2013; opening night is September 19, 2013. In keeping with their effort to reach broader audiences for their theater productions, the producers have announced that 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.
The new production will mark the first time in 36 years that Romeo and Juliet will be produced on Broadway.