William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Opening on September 19th, 2013 and closing on December 8th, 2013, Romeo and Juliet, performed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre, was nothing short of impactful. Under the direction of David Leveaux, Romeo and Juliet ran for a total of 93 performances. The Design team includes artists Jesse Poleshuck, Fabio Toblini, David Weiner, and David Van Tieghem; These famous artists only add to the star power leading man, Orlando Bloom, brings to the production. Produced by James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Merritt Forrest Baer, Paula Marie Black, Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones Harvey, Jon B. Platt, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, this production is not short of funding. However, the show did not gross as much as expected; Falling flat in the box office after an initial spike, the shows’ earnings continued to fall (Playbill). The 2013 revival of Romeo and Juliet is significant because it tells the story of a love that goes beyond race and stature—it takes a timeless story, and adds a contemporary spin. David Leveaux, a Five-time Tony-nominated Director, leads the cast of Romeo and Juliet (Playbill.com). Inspired by cinema, Leveaux’s take on the classic tale is nothing short of a spectacle. Set in present day, the audience cannot ignore the similarities to the 1996 film directed by Baz Luhrmann (Brantley). Through scenic elements, such as fire, graffiti, and bells, Leveaux creates a drastic environment which balances a drastic story. Though unoriginal, and far too similar to
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