Mario Cantone, Judy McLane, and Bobby Conte Thornton Set for Romeo and Bernadette | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Mario Cantone, Judy McLane, and Bobby Conte Thornton Set for Romeo and Bernadette
Three performances of Mark Saltzman's new musical will be presented in November.
Mario Cantone Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Amas Musical Theatre will present Romeo and Bernadette-A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn November 19 at 3 PM and 7 PM and November 20 at 3 PM at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street.

Judy McLane Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Directed by Justin Ross, the cast will feature Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore, Love! Valour! Compassion!), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), Antonio Cipriano, Taylor Crousore (NEWSical The Musical!), Angela Gómez, MinJi Kim, Michael Marotta, Frank Viveros, and Viet Vo.

With book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman and music adapted from classic Italian melodies, Romeo and Bernadette is the second of four new musicals in development in Amas' “Dare to Be Different” series.

In the new musical Romeo awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.


“Shakespeare has always been ripe for adaptations and new interpretations,” says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff, “and adding the poetry of Brooklynese to the mix makes for a perfect marriage and could not be more timely for this age of #MeToo. Our playwright, Mark Saltzman, a multiple Emmy Award-winner has been in the news lately at the center of the recent Bert and Ernie are-they-aren’t-they uproar. He’s done a bang-up job bringing this comic romp to the stage.“

Tickets are free, but reservations are required and may be made by emailing or by calling (212) 563-2565.

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