As you may or may not have known, the fall revival of Romeo and Juliet, staring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, was filmed and is being shown on select screens across the country from February 13th to the 19th. Right in time for Valentine’s Day!
That Girl Allisonis giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. I think it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day activity. Even if you saw the production live, I think it will be a completely different experience seeing it on screen, with close ups and all. And who doesn’t love seeing Orlando Bloom up close on screen?
Want to win? Comment and tell me what you’re doing on Valentine’s Day (even if you’re doing anti-Valentine’s Day!) and reblog this post! The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.
On Thursday night the new revival of Romeo and Juliet opened and last week I had the opportunity to see it. I was incredibly excited because I love Shakespeare and also because I’d never seen a professional production of R&J. Also: Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad were starring in it. With Chuck Cooper and Jayne Houdyshell to boot. I was just as excited for the cast as I was for the iambic pentameter.
As per usual with Shakespeare, the set (by Jesse Poleshuck) was sparse and the lighting (by David Weiner) was interesting. The costumes (by Fabio Toblini) were more Baz Luhrman-esque than Elizabethan.
I’d heard complaints about the chemistry between Bloom and Rashad but I didn’t have any problem – in fact I liked them both a lot. I also adored Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet as he was absolutely frightening. Justin Guarini gave a surprisingly convincing performance as Paris too. (As it turns out, he has more than one facial expression contrary to his performance in American Idiot.) And Houdyshell as the Nurse? Maybe the best in the cast. Editors Note: Christian Camargo’s Mercutio was gripping and perfect too. You can definitely see why Juilliard wanted him.
I’m not sure what prompted this revival, as Broadway is surely inundated with Shakespeare this season, but I’d say its definitely worth a viewing if you’re a fan of the play or any of it’s cast members.
Disclaimer: Tickets were gratis courtesy of SC.
Apologies for this post being a few days late! Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes.
The winner of the pair of tickets to Romeo & Juliet is…. Sami! Congrats, lady! Enjoy Bloom and Rashad onstage. They’re both wonderful!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and keep an eye out for another ticket give away (to a different show) next week!
even if you’re little you can do a lot
A little over a week ago, the company I work for had their annual ‘offsite company meeting’ down at the Crosby Hotel. We reviewed the last year and looked ahead to what was coming during the next theatre season. We reviewed the beginnings of the company and how far we’ve come. I say “we” carefully because I’ve only been there for 8 months.
At the end we were shown a slide show that ended with the above graphic as a closer. It’s a quote from one of our shows with the names of all the shows the company has worked on in the last 3 years and all of our names lettered over (under?) it.
We all got copies and then we had champagne in the next room. It was pretty cool.
It was pretty awesome to feel apart of a company that’s done so much in such a short time, with some awesome people.
Something else Broadway related: You have a few days left to enter to win tickets to Romeo and Juliet… starring Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom! Follow here and reblog this post!
So who wants to win tickets to see Orlando Bloom (!!!) and Condola Rashad in Romeo and Juliet sometime next month? I’m totally psyched to go see this as I think both stars are pretty rad.
Reblog this, follow me, and tell me what your favorite Orland Bloom movie is, OR what your favorite show that you’ve seen Condola Rashad is.
Winner will be announced next week! Good luck!