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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET

Preview performances began last night, Saturday August 24, for the new Broadway production of Shakespeare's timeless love story ROMEO AND JULIET starring international film star Orlando Bloom, making his Broadway debut opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad. The play's opening night is set for Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand as the duo took their first bows - check out last night's curtain call below!

While ROMEO AND JULIET is the most famous love story of all time, this production - directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux - marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale will retain Shakespeare's original language but have a modern setting in which members of the Montague family will be white, and the Capulet family will be black.

The production also stars Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Friar Laurence, two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well, Follies) as the Nurse, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, "House Of Cards") as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo (All My Sons, The Hurt Locker) as Mercutio, Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson, The Help) as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp (HBO's "The Girl", Jerome Salle's Zulu) as Benvolio, Justin Guarini (American Idiot, Women on the Verge...) as Paris, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt, and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. Completing the cast are Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory, Sheria Irving, Maurice Jones, Eric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.

The creative team includes Scenic Designer Jesse Poleshuck (Sly Fox), Costume Designer Fabio Toblini, Lighting Designer David Weiner (The Normal Heart, Grace), Sound Designer David Van Tieghem (The Lyons, Doubt), and Hair Designer David BrIan Brown (Death of a Salesman, Follies).

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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Lobby Cast Board "The Capulets"

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Lobby Cast Board "The Montahues"

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad and the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Jayne Houdyshell

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Jayne Houdyshell

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Brent Carver and Orlando Bloom

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Jayne Houdyshell

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Roslyn Ruff, Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Christian Carmargo, Roslyn Ruff, Brent Carver, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell and Chuck Cooper

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Photo Coverage: Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad Take First Bows in ROMEO AND JULIET
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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