The biggest hit, by far, of the current Broadway season, so far, is Moulin Rouge, a compilation musical that folds extracts from over 70 pop songs, from multiple sources, into telling a story set in the eponymous Parisian nightclub. Now, the new musical & Juliet that has just received its world premiere in the West End after a try-out run in Manchester, tries to replicate some of the same formula, only using a more economical track listing of some 30 songs. Read more
& Juliet is a new musical making its West End premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre featuring the songs of pop hit machine Max Martin, who has written songs for the likes of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and many more. & Juliet tickets are on sale now.
Directed by Luke Shepherd, the musical stars Miriam Teak-Lee in the title role. Teak-Lee is best known for her roles in the musicals On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and she was part of the original ensemble of Hamilton in London.
& Juliet began previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre since 2nd November 2019, with an official opening night scheduled for 20th November.
The story of & Juliet picks up from the iconic moment at the end of William Shakespeare’s legendary love tale, Romeo and Juliet. Rather than her persevering with the final, fatal act of the play, Juliet decides to down her dagger and begin the search for a better life. Along with Nurse, she takes to Paris with a group of friends and takes control of her story.
& Juliet song list
The following Max Martin songs have been confirmed for the West End production of & Juliet:
- “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
- “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
- “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
- “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
- “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
- “It's My Life” – Bon Jovi
- “Perfect” – Pink
- “Can't Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
The & Juliet cast recording will be released on 22nd November 2019, shortly after the show's West End premiere.
Max Martin’s Greatest Hits
Max Martin is a pop hit machine responsible for some of the biggest anthems of the last three decades. From his early with Britney Spears (“…Baby One More Time”, “Oops… I Did it Again”), Bon Jovi (It’s My Life) and the Backstreet Boys (“Everybody”, “I Want It That Way”, Martin worked with some of the biggest names in pop through the early 21st century: Celine Dion (“That’s the Way It Is”), Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone”), Pink (“So What”), Jessie J (“Domino”).
His recent hits include Katy Perry’s “Roar”, “Dark Horse”, “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed A Girl”, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “Shake It Off” and “…Ready For It?”, Ariana Grande’s “Bang Bang” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop This Feeling!”.
As of January 2019, Martin has had 22 songs he has written or co-written feature at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
& Juliet cast
& Juliet stars Miriam Teak-Lee as Juliet. Teak-Lee has often been cited as an exciting up-and-comer in British musical theatre, highlighted when she made her professional stage debut in On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, winning The Stage Debut Award for best actress in a musical. In 2017, Teak-Lee was cast in the West End production of Hamilton. She was a part of the ensemble, and also provided cover for each of the Schuyler sister roles of Angelica, Eliza and Peggy at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Bringing the Bard to the 21st century, Oliver Tompsett stars as William Shakespeare, adding to his glittering West End CV which includes Kinky Boots, Guys and Dolls and We Will Rock You. He's joined by his on-stage wife Cassidy Janson as Anne Hathaway, who performs in her second West End show this year, previously appearing in Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. David Bedella plays Lance, who has shared his love of the Shakespeare-infused musical to LondonTheatre.co.uk, while Melanie La Barrie plays the Nurse.
The cast is completed by Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Alishia Blake, Rhian Duncan, Ivan De Freitas, Danielle Fiamanya, Jordan Luke Gage, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Arun Blair-Mangat, Tim Mahendran, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Kirstie Skivington and Alex Tranter.