Broadway audiences can expect to see two revival classics on stage this fall performed by some high-profile performers, one by The Bard and the other by an iconic American playwright. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
From William Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Glass Menagerie" are the first two Broadway revivals of the fall theater season.
Last seen on the Great White Way in the 1980s, "Romeo and Juliet" makes its way to Broadway courtesy of director David Leveaux.
The new take on the tragic love story features two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad opposite film star and Broadway newcomer Orlando Bloom.
This production marks the first time the play is being done on Broadway with one black family and the other white.
"The Capulets are black and the Montagues are white, but that is not the reason for the feud," says Rashad. "What David has done so brilliantly is, he's actually cast this interracial cast, but without commenting on it."
"Yeah, it was a very organic process," says Bloom.
Orlando Bloom isn't the only Hollywood star making his Broadway debut this season.
Actor Zachary Quinto is getting ready to open "The Glass Menagerie" opposite Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan Bolger.
This production makes its way to New York after a sold-out run at The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Quinto and Jones spoke to NY1 about bringing Tennessee Williams' voice back to New York.
"The character that I play in "The Glass Menagerie" is the most autobiographical character in his whole body of work," Quinto says. "So I feel like my understanding of this play and my understanding of this character have really been about connecting with him and learning about him."
"He was one of our greatest poets who struggled with so many of his own demons and was able to share that struggle in this lyrical, poetic, sometimes ugly way," Jones says. "But, because this is his first play, there is an innocence and beauty and foreboding of all that is to come."
"Romeo and Juliet" is set to begin previews this weekend, and "The Glass Menagerie" will begin previews on September 5.