The March 21 broadcast of the ABC family drama The Fosters was a Romeo and Juliet-themed musical episode. According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode was written and directed by the show’s executive producer, Bradley Bredeweg.
“This time last year, I put up a rock musical version of Romeo and Juliet here in Los Angeles on stage, and we used really cool ‘80s music interwoven to tell the tale of Shakespeare’s tragic love story,” Bredeweg told EW. “I just fell in love with putting those two worlds together, so when I closed the show and we got into the writers room and started talking about our star-crossed lovers…I said, 'Why don’t we try our own version of what I just did here in town, and let’s make it ours?'”
The star-crossed lovers in the show are Brandon and Callie, played by David Lambert and Maia Mitchell, respectively. ABC is currently airing season three of The Fosters, about a multi-ethnic family made up of foster and biological teenage kids being raised by two mothers; episode 20 will air March 28.