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Photos: First Look at the Cast and Creative Team of ROMEO & BERNADETTE

Previews are now set to begin on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, with an official opening on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Producer Eric Krebs, in association with Amas Musical Theatre are presenting the Off-Broadway production of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen, and starring the original cast, at Theater 555 (555 West 42nd Street - between 10th and 11th Avenues) for a limited engagement. After premiering at Amas Musical Theatre, the show was scheduled to begin previews at Theatre Row in March 2020. A production had been announced to begin performances this month but was put on hold due the unsettled atmosphere around the Omicron variant. Previews are now set to begin on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, with an official opening on Monday, May 16, 2022. Tickets are available through June 26, 2022, at www.romeoandbernadette.com.

Check out photos below!

"Well, perhaps the third time will be the charm," declares Producer Eric Krebs. "We have planned and suspended production twice - in March of 2020 and in December of 2021. Now, I feel that it is time to climb out of the theatrical abyss with a joyful, romantic musical. Right now, what could be better for our battered world than a Romeo and Juliet musical with a happy ending and lots of laughs? Once again we will celebrate as we sing in Romeo & Bernadette, "There's Moonlight Tonight Over Brooklyn."

In a previous statement prior to the shutdown, producer Krebs shared "A cast of 10. Two stage managers. Four musicians. Four backstage hands. Four understudies...and more. I know there is no way that Romeo & Bernadette can pay its way off-Broadway. However, with over two dozen favorable reviews, continued standing ovations and cheering at curtain call, hundreds of smiling, happy faces coming out of the theater... brilliant performances by both newcomers, as well as seasoned stage performers, beautifully presented music...We need this joyous musical now! How can I not move this? I have spent my career jousting at windmills. I won't stop now." Now 20 months later, he says "I hope this is just another stop on the journey to a bright and joyous Broadway production."

Romeo-yes, THAT Romeo-finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare's timeless tale.

 

The returning original cast for Romeo & Bernadette features Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis (Romeo & Bernadette), Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Michael Notardonato (Romeo & Bernadette), Ari Raskin (Romeo & Bernadette), Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush) Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone), with Lisa Graye (Friends! The Musical Parody), Charlie Marcus (A Bronx Tale), Charles Osborn (Spamilton), Lyn Philistine (Monty Python's Spamalot), and Daniel Wisniewski (Gone with the Wind - Int'l Tour).

 

The creative team includes Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Joseph Shrope (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Andrew Keister (Sound Design), Aaron Gandy (Musical Director), Steve Orich (Musical Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations), Kathryn Wright (Associate Choreographer). Christine Viega is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Carol Hanzel Casting, CSA.

Romeo & Bernadette was developed and presented by Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) at A.R.T./NY Theatres. The production received nominations for "Best Musical" (Off Broadway Alliance), "Outstanding Lyrics - Mark Saltzman" and "Outstanding Book of a Musical" - Mark Saltzman" (Drama Desk Awards) and was awarded "Best Book" (Mark Saltzman) and "Best Supporting Actress" (Judy McLane) by the Outer Critics Circle.

Romeo & Bernadette will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 3pm & 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. All tickets are $79 (Premium seats $99) and are now available for purchase at www.romeoandbernadette.com.

 

Photo credit: Richard Hillman PR

 



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