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|Romeo and Juliet Bounce Back
- Shakespearean musical opens at last
WEST END musical Romeo And Juliet has recovered from the technical problems which delayed its opening. The show is open to the public from tonight at the Piccadilly theatre, three days after the planned premiere was postponed.
The star-crossed lovers will be singing and dancing to original music by Don 'Bombay Dreams' Black. The Bard's tragedy of teenagers betrothed despite their families being at war transfers from Paris but preserves Shakespeare's original plot. Unlike Leonard Bernstein's award winning musical West End Story, this Shakespearean rework makes no attempt to modernise the passionate love story.
Black draws on his experience setting such hits as Sunset Boulevard and Aspects of Love to music. 'Romeo and Juliet - the musical' marks a departure from past collaborations with theatreland's king, Andrew Lloyd Webber. The theatreland king is currently busy reprising The Sound of Music.