Rachel Zegler and Kit Conner to Star in 'Romeo and Juliet' on Broadway

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A new production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is coming to Broadway this fall.

The show, stylized as Romeo + Juliet, will star Rachel Zegler (of West Side Story and Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes fame) and Kit Connor (who had his breakthrough in Hearstopper).

"The youth are fucked. Left to their own devices in their parents’ world of violent ends, an impulsive pair of star-crossed lovers hurtle towards their inescapable fate,
reads the official synopsis of the show. "The intoxicating high of passion quickly descends into a brutal chaos that can only end one way."

Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming Romeo + Juliet.

Sam Gold will direct the production.

The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, who previously directed revivals of Shakespeare's King Lear (in 2019) and Macbeth (in 2022). He is currently directing the play An Enemy of the People, which stars Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli.

"With the presidential election coming up in November, I felt like making a show this fall that celebrates youth and hope, and unleashes the anger young people feel about the world they are inheriting," Gold said in a statement.

Jack Antonoff will create music for the show.

It's unclear as of yet if the show will be a musical, but Antonoff, a Grammy Award winner who frequently collaborates with Taylor Swift, Lana del Rey, and other high profile artists, will be creating music for the show. In addition, movement will be by Tony winner Sonya Tayeh, who choreographed Moulin Rogue on Broadway.

It joins a long history of adapting Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet has been told on the Broadway stage in close to 40 productions, including a 2013 revival that starred Orlando Bloom as Romeo and Condola Rashad as Juliet, plus numerous films, including Baz Luhrmann's iconic 1996 rendition starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes as the titular Romeo and Juliet. There have also been numerous shows inspired by the star-crossed lovers, ranging from West Side Story—which Zegler starred in on film—and & Juliet, a jukebox musical currently on Broadway.

Notably, this production is different than the Romeo and Juliet which premieres next month on the West End in London starring Tom Holland and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers. It is also looking to head to Broadway. (That one is stylized as Romeo & Juliet.)

Romeo + Juliet will premiere this fall.

The show will play at Circle in the Square Theatre, with previews beginning September 26. Opening night will be on October 24. Tickets are on sale at romeoandjulietnyc.com.

We'll update this as soon as we learn more.

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