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ROMEO & JULIET on Broadway to star Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Conrad Kemp, Justin Guarini, Corey Hawkins and Geoffrey Owens

CHRISTIAN CAMARGO, ROSLYN RUFF,
CONRAD KEMP, JUSTIN GUARINI,
COREY HAWKINS AND GEOFFREY OWENS

JOIN THE CAST OF THE NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION
OF SHAKESPEARE’S

ROMEO AND JULIET

STARRING
ORLANDO BLOOM AND CONDOLA RASHAD

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DIRECTED BY FIVE-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE
DAVID LEVEAUX

PREVIEWS BEGIN SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013

OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

AT BROADWAY’S RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE

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(June 27, 2013 – New York) Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway production of ROMEO AND JULIET, starring international film star Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as Shakespeare’s titular star-crossed lovers, and directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux.

Christian Camargo—last on Broadway in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and recently seen on screen in the Oscar-winning Best Picture The Hurt Locker, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and Showtime’s “Dexter”—will play the role of Mercutio, Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson, Oscar-nominated film The Help) will play Lady Capulet, and Justin Guarini (American Idiot, Women on the Verge…) will play Paris. Making their Broadway debuts are Conrad Kemp (HBO’s The Girl, Jerome Salle’s Zulu) as Benvolio; Corey Hawkins as Tybalt, and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.

ROMEO AND JULIETopens at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on Thursday, September 19, 2013 following preview performances from Saturday, August 24, 2013.  As previously announced, the production also stars Tony Award-winning actor Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Friar Laurence, two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well, Follies) as the Nurse, and Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, “House Of Cards”) as Lord Capulet. Further casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

While ROMEO AND JULIET is the most famous love story of all time, this production will mark the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced for Broadway.  This version of the classic tale 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.

One of Shakespeare’s best known and most beloved plays, ROMEO AND JULIET belongs to a tradition of tragic-romances dating back over 500 years.  The famous youthful lovers first appeared in Italian novella in the 1500’s and gained popularity in England after being adapted and translated into English by Arthur Brooke in 1562. As described in Brooke’s poem, “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” – on which Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is based – while the Montagues and Capulets are from different “races” or “stocks” their deadly feud is not based on their race, but rather on the “grudging envy” of men of “equal state.” 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.

The last time ROMEO AND JULIET was produced on Broadway was the 1977 Circle in the Square production featuring Paul Ryan Rudd and Pamela Payton-Wright.  Other notable New York productions include:  the Public Theater’s 2012 gala staged-reading at the Delacorte Theater starring Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production at the Park Avenue Armory starring Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale; the Public Theater’s 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Oscar Isaac and Lauren Ambrose; the 1986 Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools repertory production starring Geoffrey Owens and Regina Taylor; The Old Vic Company’s 1956 production at the Winter Garden Theater starring John Neville and Claire Bloom; as well as the 1940 Broadway production starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Orlando Bloom is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

TICKETS

The Richard Rodgers Theatre Box Office opens July 22, 2013. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000 ) for performances through Sunday, November 24, 2013.  In order to make this production accessible to all, 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators, available at the box office.  

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BIOGRAPHIES

CHRISTIAN CAMARGO (Mercutio) Broadway/Off-Broadway: Tennessee Williams’ All My Sons, David Hare’s Skylight (Theater World Award), the Public's Kit Marlowe and Hamlet (Obie Award and Drama League nomination). Regional: Design for Living at the Goodman and Camino Real at Williamstown. Christian was an inaugural company member of the reconstructed Shakespeare Globe Theater in London (Henry V, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside) and a company member of The Bridge Project (As you like it, The Tempest).  Film/Television: Kathryn Bigelow’s  K19 the Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Showtime’s “Dexter”,  Sci Fi's “Haven” as well as both installments of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Upcoming films include Europa Report, in theaters this August.In addition to acting, Christian has written, produced, developed and directed documentaries and televised drama including MTV’s Fast Inc., History Channel’s Full Throttle, and Palm Picture/Rock Star Games Sunday Driver. Most recently, he wrapped production on his directorial debut Days and Nights starring William Hurt, Allison Janney, Katie Holmes, Ben Wishaw, Michael Nyqvist and Jean Reno.  Graduate of Juilliard School of Drama.  

ROSLYN RUFF (Lady Capulet) Broadway: Fences (Revival).  Off-Broadway: The Piano Lesson (Signature Theater - 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Actress, Drama League Nomination); Love, Loss and What I Wore (Daryl Roth Productions); Macbeth (TFNA); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours (2010 Drama League Nomination) at NYTW; Seven Guitars (Signature - 2007 Obie Award); The Cherry Orchard and Macbeth (CTH); Pudd’nhead Wilson and Taming of the Shrew (The Acting Company). Regional: Geffen Playhouse, Two River Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, McCarter, ACT, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, People’s Light & Theatre Co. (2003 Barrymore Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play), Indiana Rep, Geva, Old Globe, Alliance, and more. International: BBC Radio, 2004 Bonn Biennale and Shakespeare Festival of Neuss, 2003 Athens Festival. Film/Television: Detachment, The Help, Salt, Life During Wartime, Rachel Getting Married, "Masters of Sex," "A Gifted Man," "The Big C," "The Good Wife" and more.  MFA:  IATT at Harvard University.

CONRAD KEMP (Benvolio) Raised in Johannesburg, he trained in Dublin, Ireland, at the Gaiety School of Acting. He began his career on the stages of Ireland, where he won particular acclaim for his portrayal of Hally in Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys. His West End debut came in 2006 in Marie Jones’ Stones In His Pockets. His most recent project was Jerome Salle’s Zulu, which premiered as the closing film at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. He is also a trustee for the charity Dramatic Need, has a law degree, and occasionally writes quite well. This is his first visit to America.

JUSTIN GUARINI (Paris) American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Solo albums: Justin Guarini RCA Records,Stranger Things Have Happened, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Cast Album. Theater: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Drake); Rent (Roger); Chicago (Mr. Flynn); Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat ( Joseph); It's A Wonderful Life ( Jake); Once on This Island(Daniel), The Little Prince (Prince). Film: Fast Girl (Darryl), From Justin to Kelly(Justin). TV: “American Idol” season 1 runner-up (Fox), “Run of the House” (Fox), "Wizards of Waverly Place" (Keith Keith),“Film Fakers” (AMC), “Gone Country” (CMT season 3), TV Guide Network, host/correspondent; “Live With Regis & Kelly” (guest host, ABC). Other: Disney World’s The American Idol Experience, virtual host; Old Navy commercial.  Justin is currently involved with the ETM-LA (Education Through Music Los Angeles) which funds music programs in disadvantaged schools.

COREY HAWKINS (Tybalt) Recent stage credits include Signature Theater’s Hurt Village directed by Patricia McGregor, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Suicide, Incorporated, and New York Stage & Film’s production of Piece of My Heart. Corey will next be seen in Universal Pictures’ Non-Stop opposite Liam Neeson slated for release in February of 2014, as well as Warner Brothers’ Winter’s Tale directed by Akiva Goldsman. Most recently Corey was featured in the Marvel Studios film Iron Man 3. His recent television credits include Golden Boy and Royal Pains. A graduate of The Juilliard Drama program, Corey's performance as 'Walter Lee Younger' in Juilliard’s production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sunled to a reprisal of the role in LA where he starred opposite Rutina Wesley. Corey is the recipient of the John Houseman Prize which is granted to one Juilliard student that has demonstrated exceptional ability in classical theater.

GEOFFREY OWENS (Prince Escalus) has performed iconic roles including Othello, Richard III, Puck, Romeo, Casca, Orlando, Touchstone, Mercutio, Theseus, Bottom, Cleon, Tranio, Canterbury, Pistol, and Don Pedro at theaters including the Belasco Theatre, N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Two River Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of Washington D.C., and Shakespeare Festival/L.A..  Other credits include: Salome with Al Pacino; Henry in Mamet's Race (at the Goodman Theatre); Bluntschli in Arms and The Man (Dallas Theatre Center); Valere in Tartuffe (Hartford Stage); Acaste in The Misanthrope (Long Wharf); Carl in Opus (Two River).  Mr. Owens also played 'Elvin' on "The Cosby Show."

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