“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,”
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.
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.