Still trying to work out if this is an April Fool’s joke. Orlando is a bit old for the role, isn’t he? Also inter-racial casting in R+J (or any other adaption of Shakespeare work) is neither radical nor ground-breaking (and I resent the writer making it seem controversial in the article). Inter-racial Romeos and Juliet have been played on stage and screen before, yet they’re not mentioned at all in the article (see the Globe’s Romeo and Juliet, and the recent touring production of the Broadway revival of West Side Story). This honestly sounds like it will be boring…and an attempt by the producers to cash in on Orlando Bloom’s fame.
Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid; Fly away, fly away, breath; I am slain by a fair cruel maid. My shroud of white, stuck all with yew, O prepare it! My part of death, no one so true Did share it.
The Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor will return to the New York stage in October with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to open the new Brooklyn home of Theater for a New Audience, an Off Broadway company where Ms. Taymor has regularly worked since its founding in 1979.
YES, YES, and YES! Such a shame I’ll be in New York 5 months too early for this. :( Praying and hoping they film it.