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By April Taylor
For anyone who has ever wanted to see the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, thegrio.com is reporting that Screenvision and Broadway HD have partnered to bring the production to 2,000 movie theaters in the United States. The production will be available for viewing February 13 –19 just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In an attempt to bring Broadway productions to those who would not normally see them, Emmy Award winning director Don Roy King teamed up with the two production companies to capture the final performance of the play on film. The shows recent stint on Broadway is the first time the play has appeared on Broadway in 36 years, and King wanted to capture the play for those who may not be around to catch the next run should it take that long for the play to run again.
Those interested in seeing the play during its time in theaters should be prepared to pay more than what a newly released movie usually costs. Screenvision, one of the producers is recommending that ticket prices be set around $20 although they are leaving it up to individual movie theaters to set the final price. Ticket prices to see the show on Broadway were an average of $78, and some tickets went for as much as $223, so the suggested price may not be quite so expensive when compared with those prices.
The production features Orlando Bloom as Romeo and Condola Rashad as Juliet. They present the couple in a new dynamic since Bloom is white and Rashad is black. Reviews have stated that Rashad and the rest of the diverse cast are able to transcend race politics to bring a truly riveting performance of a timeless love story. Hopefully couples will enjoy seeing the movie as part of their Valentine’s Day outings, and people who may not have been able to make it all the way to Broadway will still be able to witness the amazing performances of Bloom, Rashad, and the team of people who have worked to bring this play to the big screen.