Friday, August 30, 2013

Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Began Broadway Previews Aug. 24

The Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which invests Shakespeare's drama with a new dynamic, begins performances Aug. 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The production features Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings") and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) as an interracial pair of young lovers doomed by intolerance.

Helmed by David LeveauxRomeo and Juliet will officially open Sept. 19. Leveaux has staged Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Nine, The Glass Menagerie andJumpers on Broadway, among others.
In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast also features Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Dead Accounts) as the Nurse, Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade) as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper (The Life; Caroline, or Change) as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo ("The Hurt Locker," "Twilight," All My Sons) as Mercutio, Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge, "American Idol") as Paris, Roslyn Ruff ( The Piano Lesson, "The Help") as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp ("The Girl") as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.

Completing the company are Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory,Sheria IrvingMaurice JonesEric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.

The creative team includes scenic designer Jesse Poleshuck, costume designer Fabio Toblini, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer David Van Tieghem and hair designer David Brian Brown.
This production marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale, according to press notes, "will retain Shakespeare’s original language but have a modern setting in which members of the Montague family will be white, and the Capulet family will be black."

According to producers, "In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world."

Producers have also announced that 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.

For tickets visit The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 W 46th Street.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where for Art Thou..

Christian Camargo - First Preview of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre-Departures. - New York  NY, United States - Sunday 25th August 2013 

Thomas Schall, Michael Rudko, Corey Hawkins, Christian Camargo, Roselyn Ruff, Brent Carver and Orlando Bloom - Curtain call for First Preview of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. - New York, NY, United States - Sunday 25th August 2013

Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Begins Performances on Broadway

What light through yonder window breaks? It's Romeo and Juliet! The new contemporary revival of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, starring Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, begins preview performances on August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux, Romeo and Juliet opens on September 19.

The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. In this modern take on a Shakespeare classic, Bloom and Rashad are the star-crossed lovers.

In addition to Bloom and Rashad, Romeo and Juliet also features Tony winner Brent Carver, two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Conrad Kemp, Justin Guarini, Corey Hawkins and Geoffrey Owens. The company also includes Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory, Sheria Irving, Maurice Jones, Eric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.

The creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes scenic design by Jesse Poleshuck, costume design by Fabio Toblini, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by David Van Tieghem and hair design by David Brian Brown.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Emma Lahana & Christian Camargo Join Syfy’s ‘Haven’

Emma Lahana (Emily Owens M.D.) and Christian Camargo (Dexter) have joined the cast of Syfy’s drama series Haven for its upcoming 13 episode fourth season, which is set to premiere on Friday September 13th at 10/9c. They join Colin Ferguson (Eureka) who is also joining the cast of the series in its fourth season as William, a handsome mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda leads him to Audrey.
Lahana has been cast as Jennifer Mason, an eccentric, energetic and just a bit off-kilter young lady who gets pulled into Haven’s mysteries when she starts hearing strange voices in her head; while Camargo has been cast as Wade Crocker, the estranged half-brother of Haven mainstay Duke Crocker. Charming, driven, and slightly devious, Wade is a successful and good-natured businessman who seems to be at the top of his game.
Based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Haven tells the story of Audrey Parker, an FBI agent who comes to the idyllic town of  Haven, Maine on assignment only to discover a personal connection to the town through her long lost mother. Audrey opts to stay in Haven to investigate ‘The  Troubles’, a series of paranormal events that have previously struck the town and have suddenly started up again. The drama series is produced by Entertainment One and stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. The show’s fourth season picks up six months after the devastating events of the Season 3 cliff-hanger, in which the town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm, resulting in Audrey and Duke vanishing into thin air leaving an injured Nathan marooned in Haven.