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“& Juliet” opens Thursday night on Broadway

NEW YORK – Thursday night marks opening night for the brand new musical “& Juliet.” It takes Shakespeare’s well-known ill-fated couple, modifications the ending, and mashes all of it up with hit songs from the highest of the charts. 

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin studies, Juliet is a tragic character no extra. In this new musical, her unhappy ending is scrapped. She lives and finds pleasure. 

Juliet, as performed by Queens native Lorna Courtney, is defiant and charming. 

“What what makes Juliet tick?” Carlin requested. 

“She has this inner drive and problem-solving skills that she’s going to get to her goal no matter what,” Courtney stated. 

“& Juliet” is full of the songs of Grammy winner Max Martin, the hitmaker for Katy Perry, Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and others. 

Martin joined the cast on stage throughout the first preview efficiency. 

“Fifteen people are making their Broadway debut tonight,” he stated. 

“It’s a joy to be with them a joy to see their every step,” stated Paulo Szot. 

“& Juliet” brings Szot again to broadway. The opera star triumphed on Broadway on 2010 in “South Pacific,” and received the main actor in a musical Tony Award. 

Here, he goes pop. 

“I fell in love with a script, of course,” Szot stated. “With the songs.”

“Your career has been so diverse. Varied rolls, varied genres. Did you plan it that way?” Carlin requested. 

“I never saw myself on I’m being just an opera singer, or just a jazz singer, a bossa nova or an actor. I want to do things I want to feel that freedom,” Szot stated. 

Shakespeare is performed by two-time Tony nominee Stark Sands.

“It’s a fun show. It’s a great distraction From your every day life,” Sands stated. 

They survive, thrive and roar on the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. 

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