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Orlando is already getting his theater on in this snap. (AP)
Orlando is already getting his theater on in this snap. (AP)
Orlando Bloom will be performing in-person? Sign us up. (AP)

“O Orlando, Orlando! Wherefore art thou Orlando?” … yes, yes, the actual line is “Romeo” but Orlando Bloom‘s first name just rolls off the tongue so easily. Back to the question at hand, where is Orlando Bloom? Well, he’s heading to New Yawk City this summer.

Bloom (Pirates of the Carribean) makes his Broadway debut in William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet with previews beginning on August 24, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Bloom will be playing Romeo opposite Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Smash). This production will mark the first time Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of two star-crossed lovers has appeared on Broadway in 36 years.

According to THR, the new version will take place in a modern setting but will retain the text’s original language.

David Leveaux has received five Tony Award nominations for his productions Nine, starring Antonio Banderas; The Real Thing, with Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle; Jumpers, with Simon Russell Beale; Anna Christie, starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson; and A Moon For the Misbegotten, with Kate Nelligan.

“Shakespeare did not only write of his world,” said Leveaux. “He imagined ours.”

Leveaux sees the improbability of the story of two young people overcoming the “cynical tyranny of division” handed down to them by their families as one of the driving forces in bringing the story back to Broadway.

The official opening is planned for September 19.

What do you think of the modern-day adaptation? 

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By Brigid Brown