'‘& Juliet’ Review: Shakespearean Jukebox Musical is Broadway Gold

Shakespearean Jukebox Musical is Broadway Gold

Shakespeare’s Juliet

singing Britney Spears’ “Oops…I Did It Again” is certainly a surprising and unexpected

  While there

is every reason to be skeptical of a Shakespearean jukebox musical, “& Juliet” makes it

It’s the

most fun you’ll have in a Broadway theater right now

The playbill

includes a note that Martin has had more number one hits than any other artist

” At the

very least his catalog is unquestionably impressive — and his songs make for a surprisingly fantastic

Instead of

dying, Juliet (Lorna Courtney) here learns that her beloved is a melodramatic jerk with many

All this

could have come across as a high school English class assignment, but Read manages to

He clearly

has respect for and knowledge of the source material but also isn’t afraid to

(As we

are reminded here, Romeo and Juliet only knew each other for four days

) Though he

keeps the characters true to the original, there are slight tweaks for modern sensibility, as

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