“The Romeo and Juliet Project” reinvents the story of our star-crossed lovers using the power of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s music to remind us what happens when we forget the impact of love, equality, and acceptance. Written by Bradley Bredeweg and directed by Scott Schwartz, the show brings us into the modern, war-torn metropolis of Verona as the newly-minted Chancellor Paris takes control and promises to return the city to its traditional roots and destroy the progressive resistance. This new musical is an intricate weaving of Benatar and Giraldo’s deeply emotional rock anthems exploring the question - what does it take to regain a world where peace is possible?
The cast includes: Alex Nee as Romeo (National Tours: American Idiot, Once Regional Theater: Cabaret); Salena Qureshi as Juliet) Netflix: The Society, Film: Spider-man: Homecoming (movie) TV: Madam Secretary); Andréa Burns as Madam Capulet (Broadway: On Your Feet, In The Heights, The Nance National Tour: The Full Monty); Darlesia Cearcy as Madam Montague (Broadway: Book of Mormon, Once On This Island, National Tour: Ragtime); Matt Doyle as Paris (Broadway: Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie); Howard McGillin as The Friar (Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Women, The Secret Garden); Jordan Kai Burnett as Benvolia, Carson Higgins as Tybalt, Natalie Masini as Nura, and Jamar Williams as Mercutio. The ensemble includes: Liam Allen, Griffin Binnicker, Talia Cohen, Nicolas Gonzales, Avery Norris, and Joya Richmond. Both Talia Cohen and Avery Norris are part of Bay Street's 2019 Summer Internship Program. Adam Brett will read stage directions. Jesse Vargas is the musical director/arranger and casting is by Stewart/Whitley.