By Samantha Highfill
Updated April 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM EDT

Romeo and Juliet is returning to Broadway for the first time in 36 years, and it’s bringing some star power with it.

Featuring the Broadway debut of Orlando Bloom as Romeo, the newest production of Shakespeare’s most famous love story also stars Tony-Award nominees Condola Rashad (Stick Fly) as Juliet, Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) as the nurse, and Joe Morton (Raisin) as Lord Capulet.

Directed by Tony-nominee David Leveaux (Nine), this adaptation takes the classic story and adds a new twist by placing its characters in modern times and introducing a new element to the story: ethnicity. “Shakespeare did not only write of his world – he imagined ours,” said Leveaux. “The very improbability that two young people might, through their imaginations and their courage, change the world by overcoming the cynical tyranny of division handed down to them by their elders, is the best and happily most improbable reason I can imagine to bring this story to the Broadway stage today.”

Previews begin Aug. 24 with an opening night on Sept. 19 at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers theater.

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Romeo and Juliet

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 138 minutes
  • Franco Zeffirelli