Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Did you know a new version of Romeo & Juliet was about to hit Broadway? And that in this new version, Romeo is White and Juliet is Black? And wait for it, Romeo is being played by the too delicious Orlando Bloom and Juliet is being portrayed by the ridiculously talented and supremely gorgeous Condola Rashad (Yes, that’s Phylicia “Claire Huxtable” Rashad’s daughter.)? I don’t know about you, but I always imagined that the type of hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets to be racially motivated. That was only way for me to wrap my teenage brain around their rivalry. According to the director, David Leveaux, his staging of the Shakespeare classic isn’t going to turn the show into a race war, but he’s not going to ignore the race of the two families – the Capulets will be all Black and the Montagues White. This Romeo and Juliet will have a modern setting, but Shakespeare’s original language will be retained. Previews for the show begin on August 24. The show officially opens on September 19.
When asked about why he chose to cast a Black Juliet opposite a White Romeo, Leveaux told the New York Times, “They could have been any number of different ethnicities, [but] the two actors I wanted to be together producing sparks just happened to be those two and I followed my nose in casting the families.” Ms. Meltingpot says bravo! Give the audience the best actors for the job, don’t ignore their racial differences and let the show go on.
I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing this show. And one of you lucky readers gets to see it too. That’s right. One of my readers will win a pair of tickets to see Romeo & Juliet on Broadway to be used on any Tuesday – Thursday performance in September! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite interracial romantic couple from literature or film. It’s that easy. I’ll pick the winner on Thursday evening August 22 at 8pm, so make sure you leave your comment before then. The winner will be announced on Friday’s post.
I’ll tell you my favorite interracial couple, but you probably already guessed. Aida and Radamés, of course. Your turn. I’m so listening.