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Orlando Bloom And Condola Rashad To Star In First Interracial Broadway Production Of Romeo And Juliet

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Orlando Bloom (still exists!!!) and Condola Rashad are set to star in Broadway’s first ever interracial production of Romeo and Juliet. Weren’t Romeo and Juliet teenagers? I guess they’re changing that up too.

What is this poster? Is this not the worst and cheesiest bit of Photoshop you’ve ever seen?

Here’s some info about the play, directly from Playbill:

Orlando Bloom (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) will be the star-crossed lovers of a new Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, to be staged by Tony Award nominee David Leveaux this August at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The revival will begin previews Aug. 24 towards a Sept. 19 opening.

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.

Tickets for Audience Rewards members go on sale beginning April 1 at noon. They will go on sale to the general public on April 8 via

Let’s hope this one goes over better than Breakfast At Tiffany’s on Broadway.

Seriously though, that poster. Come on.

4 CommentsLeave a comment

  • shakespeare is rolling in his grave. at least they could have found a better looking black actress….

  • I would not have known that this site exists if I wasn’t following the news about Orlando Bloom. You, people use his popularity to get attention to your site while dropping the words “still exists”? That’s such a hypocrisy. He and his family is followed by the paps all around the world. And if you were not living in a cave (or this site) you would’ve known that he has done several very interesting Indie movies and received The Best Actor nomination from MIFF Awards for his The Good Doctor movie.

    He will be perfect as Romeo and I’d love to see it. Great actor.

  • I’m sorry but this is just awkward looking. I think it’s more racist to use a black woman solely because shes black than a woman who would actually suit the role.