Conrad Askland’s “Romeo and Juliet – the musical” had it’s inaugural community theatre world premiere run Jan. 30 – Feb. 15, 2015 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA. Directed by Joe Bowen and presented by META Performing Arts.
Reviews of the show said:
“Well worth the drive”
“a truly revolutionary work”
“Askland’s music defies labeling and we are all richer for that”
This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet uses only Shakespeare’s original text. All the words are William Shakespeare. Conrad Askland has edited the text, reassigned some lines to different characters to give the story a refreshing subtext and even a few new plot twists. We are setting the show in the time it was written, the late 16th century.
The music is performed live with a chamber ensemble. The orchestration and songs are a mix of musical theater, opera and 20th century music styles. Askland’s Romeo and Juliet is a hybrid of musical theater and opera with Halloween overtones.
About composer Conrad Askland:
Conrad’s Askland previous work includes the 2013 premiere of PAN the musical and the 2012 premiere of Witches! the musical. Prior to these premieres he was music director for Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor out of New York and Cirque Du Soleil on their ZAIA show in Macau, China. More info on musical theater composer at www.ConradAskland.com