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Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad to star in Broadway's 'Romeo and Juliet'
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad will star on Broadway this fall in a modern take on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," a revival that will add an element of racial contrast to the tale of two "star-crossed lovers."

Producers said Monday that previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre will begin Aug. 24, with an opening set for Sept. 19. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 8.

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The production will also star Jayne Houdyshell as the nurse and Joe Morton as Lord Capulet. The Capulets will be played by black actors and the Montagues by white actors.

Director David Leveaux stressed that the idea of exploring the racial difference between the two feuding Italian families came organically after the casting of the lead actor and actress.

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Apr 1, 2013 2:05PM

and you wonder why racisim is still a problem.. Who knows this movie just may fix it all.. Im not holding my breath..

Apr 1, 2013 1:38PM
Gee - I wonder how Condola Rashad got the part?  Oh wait - she's Phylicia Rashad's daughter.
Apr 1, 2013 2:27PM
i don't believe in an acting gene. i believe in a personality skill that is individual in makeup. sorry no disrespect but in order for this not to turn into Feudal Times England, we should tread lightly on influences to get parts. Feudalism; look it up..
Apr 1, 2013 4:20PM
Sadly, Orlando could not act his way out of a box. 

I know I will get flamed for this but why do we need to keep changing things to satisfy political correctness?

I am referring to a black Juliette. There was also talk about a black Annie. Seriously, they are taking racial equality too far. There are parts that are for blacks that you would not see white people doing. I know this sounds racial but it is just how it appears to me.

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