Olivier Award-winning Shakespeare-Meets-Pop musical ‘& Juliet’ is coming to Australia in 2023

Whether you studied it in high school or just obsessed with Baz Luhrmann’s glorious ’90s flick, everyone knows how Romeo and Juliet ends – and it doesn’t end happily for any of her eponymous star-crossed lovers. What if it didn’t end like this? What if Juliette lived to love again? What if his experiences from there, after thwarting theater’s greatest tragedy, involved a whole bunch of pop songs from the past two decades?

There’s no need to wonder how this could all be because the answer already exists, all thanks to the Olivier award-winning musical jukebox. & Juliet. A hit in London’s West End since 2019, it remixes the iconic love story in multiple ways – tinkering with its narrative and adding all that catchy music to it.

Even better: on her second stopover outside the United Kingdom, after Toronto, & Juliet locked in a trip to Australia. In February 2023, with exact dates to be confirmed, it will be released at the Regent Theater in Melbourne. Whether it will then head to other Australian cities – as most big productions tend to do after their first seasons – has yet to be announced.

If you now think “why are you?” in regards to & Juliet‘s, it picks up after the ending that we all know doesn’t happen. And, he ponders what might happen if Juliette could choose her own destiny instead. This storyline involves Anne Hathaway – no, not that one – and her husband William Shakespeare, and features songs from Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Robyn, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Kelly Clarkson and more.

Tunes that go around: ‘Larger Than Life’, ‘I Want It That Way’, ‘…Baby One More Time’, ‘Show Me Love’, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’, ‘ As Long As You Love Me’, ‘Stronger’, ‘I Kissed a Girl’, ‘Since You Been Gone’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ and many more. The common factor between them all is Swedish songwriter Max Martin, who wrote or co-wrote every track on the musical’s soundtrack.

In addition to Martin’s involvement — including as one of & Juliet‘s co-creators – the musical presents a book by the Emmy winner Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read.

And if you’re wondering about the show’s brilliant Olivier Awards, it was nominated for nine for its first West End season, and won three: for Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Second Role in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

An Aussie trailer hasn’t dropped since & Juliet again, but here’s a snippet from his run in London:

& Juliet will make its Australian premiere at the Regent Theater in Melbourne from February 2023. For more information or to join the ticket waitlist – before tickets go on sale in October – go to the musical’s website.

Images: Johan Persson.

Posted on May 10, 2022 by

Sarah Ward

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