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Romance and 20th Century Music Set the Tone on Broadway



August 1, 2013 - This month on Broadway, witness the ascension of the Beatles, follow the journey of a rock star rabbi and explore the history of the tango. Looking for a love story? Broadway has both new and old to offer.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be coming to Broadway late this summer with a star-studded cast. Actor Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut as Romeo and the Tony-nominated Condola Rashad will play Juliet. The play will be directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux and will start previews at the Richard Rogers Theatre on August 24.

For a more lighthearted romance, audiences can look to First Date, a thoroughly modern musical about a blind date full of surprises. The show features the Broadway debut of another Hollywood veteran, Zachary Levi. First Date is currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre.

As its title suggests, Let It Be is all about the Beatles – their humble beginnings, glory days, and late recordings. The show, which began in London to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, has now come to Broadway and will be running at the St. James Theatre until December 29.

The musical Soul Doctor tells the true story of Shlomo Carlebach, a young rabbi who fled Nazi Germany and became a musical sensation by fusing his traditional roots with American soul and gospel music, introduced to him by jazz legend Nina Simone. The musical is currently in previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Forever Tango offers audiences a glimpse at the colorful history of the tango through performances by some of the genre’s most famous living musicians and dancers. The show runs at the Walter Kerr Theatre until September 15.

Visit broadway.org for tickets and further information.

- Jordan Gary
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