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article imageOrlando Bloom debuts on Broadway

By Tim Sandle     Sep 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Orlando Bloom has begun his first role on Broadway, playing Romeo in a production of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Despite being 36 years-old, Orlando Bloom has been cast as the teenage lover Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet. The play marks Bloom's Broadway debut. Bloom stars opposite rising Broadway star Condola Rashad, who portrays Juliet.
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Like many movie stars in recent years he has decided to try his hand at theater. Unlike other film actors, Orlando Bloom has acted on stage before. He made his professional stage debut in West End's In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theater, in London in 2007.
The new Broadway production is a modern take on the much-produced Shakespeare's play, directed by David Leveaux. The modern twist is captured by a review on the Bloomberg site, which describes "Swaggering Romeo toodles in on a custom-built motorcycle, wearing red leather boots; girlish Juliet soars on a schoolyard swing."
The Bloomberg review is average; other critics have been less than kind. The New York Daily News wrote "Orlando Bloom makes his Broadway debut in a “Romeo and Juliet” redo that packs Hollywood star power but lacks emotional fireworks."
Crueler still, Broadway World snipes "Regrettably, it's the stage-long row of flames that rises from the floor and makes the occasional dramatic cameo that provides any kind of heat in director David Leveaux's soggy production of Romeo and Juliet."
To balance the negative comments, the New York Times gives a relatively favorable review: "For once, we have a Romeo who evolves substantively, from a posturing youth in love with love to a man who discovers the startling revelation of real love, with a last-act descent into bilious, bitter anger that verges on madness."
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