Joyous & Juliet

By Peter Lynch
You’ll love the songs – and the hilarious story!

The best way to describe & JULIET is a rollicking rock concert. A party from start to finish. A love story. A tale of female empowerment. It’s about second chances and love for everybody.

But the biggest revelation of this two-hour, joyous expression of self-acceptance, pride and celebration, is the extraordinary breadth of song writing by Swedish producer Max Martin.

The quiet composer has written the most number one hits after Paul McCartney and John Lennon. All of the songs, including Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’, Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby
One More Time’, Backstreet Boys’ ‘Larger Than Life’ and many more, are cleverly integrated into the story.

This musical’s pedigree doesn’t end there. The Emmy-winning writer from Schitt’s Creek, David West Read, put the story together.

& Juliet is joyous

He flips the script on Shakespeare in a poignant story of self- discovery and second chances. He brings Juliet back to life – but that’s only the start of the surprises in this extension of the famous story of the star crossed lovers. After premiering on the West End the local cast features some Australian favourites in Rob Mills (Wicked), Casey Donovan (Chicago) and rising star Lorinda May Merrypor as Juliet.

“& JULIET is the most joyous show I’ve ever done! I wish I could be in the audience watching it every night!” says Mills.

And we’d have to agree. Standing ovations seem obligatory after such a performance that has everyone dancing in their seats.

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, until May 12, 1300 795 267, sydneylyric.com.au

Lorinda May Merrypor on stage as Juliet in & Juliet
The local cast of & Juliet features some Australian favourites in Rob Mills (Wicked), Casey Donovan (Chicago) and rising star Lorinda May Merrypor (pictured) as Juliet.
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