"Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn" Announces Plans For Broadway Production - Spring 2022
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:12 pm EDT 05/10/21

In association with Amas Musical Theatre


New York, NY (5/10/21) – Producer Eric Krebs, in association with Amas Musical Theatre, announced today plans for an anticipated Broadway-bound production of the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, and directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen. Casting, creative team and theatre to be announced at a later date. For further information, please visit www.romeoandbernadette.com.

"It seems to me that Romeo & Bernadette is the perfect musical for this challenging time," shares Krebs. "It is joyous. It is funny. It is romantic. It will feel like a great banquet of comfort food after a long period of deprivation. Our pre-pandemic Amas Musical Theatre New York Premiere received unanimous ecstatic reviews. That very positive response coupled with a celebratory return of the Broadway universe this fall will re-enforce why we all need and love live theater so strongly."

Romeo—yes, THAT Romeo—finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare's timeless tale.

The original cast for Romeo & Bernadette featured Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis (NY debut), Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Michael Notardonato (NY debut), Ari Raskin (NY debut), Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush – Upcoming B'wy), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone).

The creative team included Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini and Joseph Shrope (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Andrew Keister (Sound Design), Aaron Gandy (Music Director), Steve Orich (Musical Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations), Kathryn Ann Wright (Associate Choreographer). Christine Viega was the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Carol Hanzel Casting, CSA.

Romeo & Bernadette was developed and presented by Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) at A.R.T./NY Theatres. Originally produced by Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, and Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.


Mark Saltzman (Book/Lyrics) began his career in New York with the Muppets. His "Sesame Street" sketches and songs (including "Caribbean Amphibian") earned him seven Emmy Awards, but behind Bert and Ernie's back, Mark was writing shows for Soho Rep, 13th Street Theater, and the Village Gate, where he co-wrote the long-running revue "A, My Name is Alice." Mark collaborated with Jerry Herman on the CBS holiday movie "Mrs. Santa Claus" starring Angela Lansbury. For the movies, he wrote The Adventures of Milo and Otis, T_hree Ninjas Kick Back and screenplays for SONY, Universal, and Disney. His TV movie, "The Red Sneakers" directed by and starring Gregory Hines was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. In 1997, Mark's musical, The Tin Pan Alley Rag opened at the Pasadena Playhouse, received five Ovation Award nominations, including Best Musical, and went on to play at New York's Roundabout Theater. Other stage works: Falling for Make Believe, Lorenz Hart's life story (Colony Theater); Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood_ (Laguna Playhouse,) which will be produced as a movie in 2021 by First March Productions and The Little Film Company, Simon Callow directing, Sir Derek Jacobi in the title role. Mark is a graduate of Cornell. More information at www.msaltzman.com.

Justin Ross Cohen (Director/Choreographer) A Brooklyn native and graduate of New York's High School of Performing Arts, Justin began working on Broadway in his teens for Bob Fosse, playing Lewis in Pippin followed by Greg in Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line. He recreated the role of Greg for the film version of ACL. Justin's transition to director/choreographer began with I Could Go On Lip-Synching! starring John Epperson as Lypsinka. Following its yearlong run Off-Broadway the show moved to Los Angeles where Justin was accepted into the American Film Institute's Director's Program where he directed two original movie musicals. His film Waiting For Yvette starring Wendie Malick won Audience Favorite nods at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and on LOGO/TV. Justin recently collaborated with Bill Russell, co-directing the streamed revival of Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens starring Nathan Lane. He is currently in development co-creating a new television series for Lypsinka and authoring a book, "Family Photos."

Eric Krebs (Producer) In a theatrical career of more than 50 years, Eric Krebs has worked as a producer, a theater founder in 1974 of the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a builder and operator for 23 years of the John Houseman Theater on Theater Row. He recently retired after his 50th year as a professor, 37 years at Rutgers, where he is professor emeritus and 13 years at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has performed his one actor adaptation of King Lear and most recently My Father's Voice-Letters from the Ellis Island Prison and the War in the Pacific. Producing: Broadway: Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Electra, Avery Brooks in Paul Robeson. Current Off-Broadway productions: That Physics Show (2016 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience) and That Chemistry Show. Also, Off-Broadway, Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, Neil LaBute's Bash, Sing: A South African and American Celebration, A Class Act, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, I Spy a Spy, Laughing Liberally, Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona & Brooklyn, and many more. www.erickrebs.com

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas ("you love" in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural equity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Amas celebrates its impact in pioneering multi-ethnic casting in the American Theatre and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society.

Link http://www.romeoandbernadette.com

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