Romeo + Juliet Is Coming To Broadway With Kit Connor And Rachel Zegler To Star 

Romeo + Juliet is officially coming back to Broadway. Acclaimed director Sam Gold is set to adapt the famous Shakespeare play with the help of Grammy winner Jack Antonoff, who will be doing the music for the production. 

The Broadway production is set to have Rachel Zegler, known from West Side Story, as Juliet and Kit Connor, known from Heartstopper, as Romeo. 

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Tony award-winning director Sam Gold has previously taken on adapting other Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth and Othello. In a statement reported by The Guardian, he expressed his excitement about bringing this play to Broadway during a time where the world needs a little joy. 

“With the presidential election coming up in November, I felt like making a show this fall that celebrates youth and hope, and unleashes the anger young people feel about the world they are inheriting.”

The official synopsis states:

 “The youth are f*cked. Left to their own devices in their parents’ world of violent ends, an impulsive pair of star-crossed lovers hurtle towards their inescapable fate. The intoxicating high of passion quickly descends into a brutal chaos that can only end one way.”

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Gold recently directed the Insen adaptation An Enemy of the People, which received critical acclaim for Gold’s directing and for lead actor Jeremy Strong’s performance. Gold has previously worked with other stars such as Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo. 

Zegler celebrated the official announcement by posting on social media: “never beating the broadway debut allegations.” Zegler was recently hailed for her performance in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, and is also going to be starting in new comedy horror Y2K from Kyle Mooney. 

Connor is popularly known for his role in Netflix teen drama Heartstopper. Beside’s playing Romeo, Connor will soon be heard alongside actress Lupita Nyong’o in animated adventure The Wild Robot. He has also previously appeared on stage in London in the play Fanny & Alexander. 

Romeo and Juliet isn’t the only Shakespeare play making its way to Broadway. Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in a new take on Othello this year, which will be the first Broadway staging of the play since 1982.