& Juliet's Lorna Courtney joined The View June 7 to sing the Broadway musical's ballad version of "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. Courtney is currently a contender to win this year's Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, one of nine categories that & Juliet has received nominations for in addition to Best Musical. Watch Courtney's rendition of the pop song in the video above.
Courtney stars as the titular Juliet in the musical which picks up where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ends. When Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway comes to visit him in London, she suggest that the lovestruck teenager's story shouldn't end in tragedy. What follows is a rollercoaster of laugh-inducing rewrites and a heartening journey of self-discovery.
Courtney is joined by 2023 Tony nominee Betsy Wolfe as Anne Hathaway, Stark Sands as Shakespeare, Justin David Sullivan as May, original U.K. cast member Melanie La Barrie as Nurse, Ben Jackson Walker as Romeo, Philippe Arroyo as Francois, and Paulo Szot as Lance.
The musical features a book penned by 2023 Tony nominee and Emmy winner David West Read (Schitt's Creek). With music from Grammy winner Max Martin, the score is filled with familiar pop songs from the last three decades, such as “Since U Been Gone,” “Roar,” “Baby One More Time,” “Larger Than Life,” “That’s The Way It Is,” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling." The musical transferred from the West End via Toronto to open at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre November 17, 2022.
Luke Sheppard helms the Broadway production, reuniting his full West End creative team including 2023 Tony-nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber, scenic designer Soutra Gilmour, 2023 Tony-nominated costume designer Paloma Young, 2023 Tony-nominated lighting designer Howard Hudson, 2023 Tony-nominated sound designer Gareth Owen, video and projections designer Andrzej Goulding, and hair designer J. Jared Janas. 2023 Tony nominee Bill Sherman serves as musical supervisor, orchestrator, and arranger, with 2023 Tony nominee Dominic Fallacaro as music director. Casting is by Stephen Kopel and Carrie Gardner.
The Broadway run follows the musical's sold-out North American premiere at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, which also featured the Broadway production's principal cast. In the lead-up to its Broadway run, & Juliet released its first single "Roar," originally recorded by Katy Perry, ahead of the original Broadway cast recording released by Atlantic Records. The musical has already announced a multi-year North American tour that will launch in the fall of 2024.