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Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Starring Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad and Co-Produced by Manny Bello Premiered Valentine's Weekend

New York, NY, February 19, 2014 --( Shakespeare's Timeless Love Story
Romeo & Juliet
Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad
Co-Produced by Manny Bello
Geared up for a Limited Theatrical Release

After a successful 16-Week Limited Engagement on Broadway, the Play Premiered in Theatres Valentine's Weekend, Captivating Audiences on Over 800 screens.

Broadway production Romeo and Juliet, starring international heartthrob Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as Shakespeare’s titular star-crossed lovers, made its way to theatres this Valentine’s weekend for a limited theatrical release. Originally directed on Broadway by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the play seamlessly translates onto the silver screen in Emmy Award winner Don Roy King’s film adaptation. Co-produced by venture capitalist Manny Bello, Romeo and Juliet enjoyed a successful 16-week run, playing its final performance on December 8th, after 27 previews and 93 regular performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with such a talented group of creatives,” said producer Manny Bello, who joined forces with a team of topnotch theater veterans including James Nederlander, Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey along with Michelle Gaston Williams, David Jamal Williams, Nick Scandalios, Terry Allen Kramer, Merritt Baer, Marvet Britto, Stewart Lane, Bonnie Comely, Susan Bristow, and John B. Platt in presenting the retelling of William Shakespeare's best-known and treasured love story.

On any given night, A-list celebrities including Leonardo DeCaprio, Denzel Washington, and Sir Ian McKellen were in attendance for the classic and timeless production. New York Times’ critic Ben Brantley hailed Orlando Bloom’s portrayal of Romeo as “a first-rate Broadway debut.”

“He keeps surprising,” says Brantley, “for once, we have a Romeo who evolves substantively, from a posturing youth in love with love, to a man who discovers the startling revelation of real love, with a last-act descent into bilious, bitter anger that verges on madness.”

Bloom & Rashad led a modern and accessible production, luring a youthful audience to Broadway, many of who were experiencing live theater for the first time. As the first Broadway revamping of the play since 1977, this contemporary adaptation highlighted and represented a modern setting, where the feuding families were differentiated by race. Eventually reconciling over the young lovers’ deaths, the innovative theme resonates powerfully with the current generation, drawing metaphorical parallels with the significant issues of today’s society.

Orlando Bloom (Romeo), also known as “Legolas” the elf-prince in the blockbuster and Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord of The Rings and as the blacksmith “Will Turner” in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, has subsequently cemented himself as leading man in Hollywood.

Condola Rashad (Juliet) outshined a long list of A-list Hollywood Actresses that read for this iconic lead role and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as a “radiant Juliet.” She received two Tony nominations for her previous performances in Stick Fly and The Trip to Bountiful in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her performance in “Ruined” garnered her rave reviews for which she received a Theatre World Award, and nominations for both a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award.

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original.

Manny Bello
Manny Bello, co-founder of Maven Partners LLC, is highly respected as a vital force in the evolution of venture capitalism. As a towering presence in the industry with expansive access to a network of coveted capital resources, Manny has mastered the art of business development through transformative entrepreneurship, technological wizardry, and groundbreaking innovation in entertainment. Spanning decades of driving professional and social change, Manny has built an illustrious career augmented by spirited engagement and his herculean efforts in philanthropic endeavors, which was marked by the launch of The Bello Family Foundation. Established in 2013, the non-profit organization is devoted to embodying and uplifting the values of excellence, positive growth, mental and physical wellness. The Foundation was rooted in Manny’s impassioned vision to create, fund and facilitate empowering holistic initiatives - with a special heartfelt focus on advocacy and the championing of those living on the Autism spectrum.

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