The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway Revival of Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad

Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings") and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) star as an interracial pair of young lovers doomed by intolerance in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which officially opened Sept. 19 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Helmed by David Leveaux, the gritty, contemporary staging of Romeo and Juliet began previews Aug. 24. Leveaux has staged Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Nine, The Glass Menagerie and Jumpers on Broadway, among others.

In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast also features Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell ( Follies, Dead Accounts) as the Nurse, Tony Award winner Brent Carver ( Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade) as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper ( The Life; Caroline, or Change) as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo ("The Hurt Locker," "Twilight," All My Sons) as Mercutio, Justin Guarini ( Women on the Verge, "American Idol") as Paris, Roslyn Ruff ( The Piano Lesson, "The Help") as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp ("The Girl") as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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