Romeo and Juliet Part of the From Stage to Screen series
Co-presented with the Citadel Theatre
In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo (Leonard Whiting), a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Olivia Hussey), a Capulet. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families.
Based on the William Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet, this 1968 film adaptation by Franco Zeffirelli is still considered one of the best screen adaptations of the love story. The film won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (Pasqualino De Santis) and Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati); it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.
Zeffirelli was the first director to use actors who were close to the age of the characters from the original play. The movie opened in theaters in 1968, a time of global political unrest and activism, and the story of the doomed lovers matched the Zeitgeist of the youth. “This of all works of literature eternalizes the ardor of young love and youth’s aggressive spirit,” wrote English author Anthony Burgess.
Following the film will be a talk back with cast members from Citadel’s production of The Fantasticks.
From Stage to Screen is curated with Citadel Theatre’s Artistic Director Scott Phelps and in conjunction with their theatrical season, Gorton programs films similar in theme or from the same artist as productions on Citadel’s stage. This series is aimed at crossing the boundaries from stage to screen. After each screening there will be a talk back featuring guests from Citadel’s productions connecting the shows.
The Fantasticks the corresponding Citadel Theatre play:
“Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”
Directed by: Pat Murphy l Music by: Harvey Schmidt | Lyrics by: Tom Jones | Based on the novel by: Tom Jones | When: February 5th thru March 8th | Click Here for more information & Tickets
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