The new musical has been officially launched in London – here’s why we are excited…

  1. Miriam-Teak Lee in the title role: given her immensely impressive and enjoyable vocals (see the video above!), you get a real sense of her confident and sassy approach to this role already. It is also clear just how much she looking forward to creating this role and offering a real contemporary insight into the character Juliet.

2. The music: if like me you grew up listening to music by the likes of the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift – you will definitely recognise the work of Max Martin that has been incorporated into the story for this musical. The songs have been arranged for this production by Tony and Grammy Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman.

3. It is clear a lot of thought and work has gone into it: there is definitely no sense that this musical was created on the spur of the moment, having been through several workshops over the last year or so. It will be interesting to see how the music and the story merge together coherently but also the way in which the book by David West Read will bring the familiar characters from William Shakespeare’s original play to life.

4. There’s a great energy and enthusiasm from the cast: even though it is still a while a way from coming to the stage, being at the launch and chatting to the cast revealed just how excited they are about being involved – particularly mentioning the script which they were impressed by. Again, it is intriguing to imagine how new life is breathed into Juliet to make her a character relatable in 2019.

5. The set and costumes are going to be incredible: ok so while we have a while to wait to see it, as the image above shows the costumes by Paloma Young will be a combination of traditional mixed with contemporary flair, giving each character a particular quirk to keep their costumes as unique as they are. Meanwhile, given her designs for productions such as Dr Faustus (Duke of York’s), Strictly Ballroom and Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios, the set design is in extremely safe hands of Soutra Gilmour.

By Emma Clarendon

& Juliet will play at the Shaftesbury Theatre from the 2nd November, following a run at the Manchester Opera House from the 10th September. To book tickets click here or visit: West End Theatre BreaksLast Minute.comTheatre Tickets Direct.co.ukLove Theatre.comSee Tickets or Encore Tickets.

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