A pop-song-infused musical take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is coming to Broadway this fall.
Featuring a book by Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read, the musical, called & Juliet, envisions what would happen if Juliet did not die at the end of the story. Her journey is set to a backdrop of popular songs, written by record producer and songwriter Max Martin and collaborators, including “Since U Been Gone” (recorded by Kelly Clarkson), “Roar” (Katy Perry), “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Larger Than Life” (Backstreet Boys), “That’s the Way It Is” (Celine Dion) and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake).
& Juliet begins previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Oct. 28, ahead of a Nov. 17 opening. The production is currently playing a run in Toronto, which will conclude before Broadway, and has been playing the West End since 2019. (Hear the London cast recording of Perry’s “Roar” here, via a soundtrack released by Atlantic in November 2019.)
Luke Sheppard is directing and the musical is choreographed by Jennifer Weber. The production is produced on Broadway by Martin, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Jenny Petersson, Martin Dodd and Eva Price.
The cast will include Lorna Courtney as Juliet, Paulo Szot (South Pacific) as Lance, Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos) as Anne Hathaway, Stark Sands (Kinky Boots) as Shakespeare, Justin David Sullivan as May, Melanie La Barrie as Nurse, Ben Jackson Walker as Romeo and Philippe Arroyo as Francois.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.