Justin Guarini has been added to the cast of Broadway bound production of Romeo and Juliet. The American Idol season 1 runner up, is set to play Paris and will join Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the lovers. Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Corey Hawkins. Geoffrey Owens, Brent Carver, Chuck Cooper and Jayne Houdyshell are also in the cast.

The play will be directed by 5 time Tony Award nominee, David Leveaux.

Romeo and Juliet opens at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on Thursday, September 19, 2013 following preview performances from Saturday, August 24, 2013. This production will mark the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced for Broadway.

It also marks the first time an Idol has played in a Shakespeare production on the Great White Way. Justin’s previous Broadway shows include American Idiot and Women on the Verge…. Congrats!

Read more at Broadway World

 
  • usedtobelucy

    Congrats to Justin. Another truly great Idol voice that deserves more places to shine. (and yet another Broadway play that I hope works out…. this Broadway thing is going to get nerve-wracking.)

  • Incipit

    Good for Justin. Paris is a good part, and I didn’t realize R&J had been so long absent from Broadway. It really is getting a little like whiplash, usedtobelucy – people are and then they are not Broadway bound. I hope this one follows through, and some of the other projects get back on track as well.

  • Stooch

    does this mean there will be no sequel for “From Justin to Kelly”

    Congrats though to Justin

  • Amy Beth

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Justin. I feel like he got screwed over by Season 1′s “winner take all” attitude.

  • babyspock

    Is this the first time an idol will be on broadway in a play? All the others I can think of were in a musical.

  • Larc

    Fantasia played Celie in The Color Purple on Broadway. I think she missed about as many performances as she was there for, though. Oprah Winfrey, who sponsored the play, said they had to refund more than a half million dollars because of Fantasia’s missed performances.

  • girlygirl

    Congrats to Justin. Looks like he’s found a nice career for himself in the theatre.

  • Gina

    congrats to Justin. He’ll be great.

  • siren1234

    Congratulations to Justin. Theatre has been a great career for him.

  • usedtobelucy

    Whiplash, indeed, and we’re just obsessed fans. lol

    I know show biz is full of that sort of thing, but the bound-for-Broadway experience is among the more nerve-wracking I expect because it’s not just the record company dumping your deal. There are so many horrible side issues involving theaters and backers and so on that can wreck your chances, just when you think everything’s going along fine, and sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere.