A Shakespearean tragedy gets a contemporary musical comedy makeover when the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank (C3T) present Juliet and Romeo. Developed in a special collaboration with Southern Utah University’s (SUU) Department of Theatre and Dance, the musical will be performed in June 2021.
Juliet and Romeo was created by Paul Gordon, a Tony Award nominee for his music for Jane Eyre and Curtis Moore, an Emmy Award nominee for original song for Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. A contemporary spin on the Bard’s classic centers on a second-rate author who finds himself in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and his determination to figure out how to change the ending!
The production is co-directed Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, and alumna Lisa Quoresimo, Ph.D., performance studies, ‘18, who is assistant professor of theatre and dance at SUU. Gordon and Moore are the Granada Artists-in-Residence for spring 2021.
“Juliet and Romeo” is presented by UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre and Dance and C3T with support from the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.