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Beginning August 24, "Lord of the Rings" star Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut in a production of "Romeo and Juliet," as the male lead. His costar will be the Tony-nominated daughter of actress Phylicia Rashad, Condola Rashad, the New York Times reports.

Though the casting choices find the star-crossed lovers to be an interracial couple, director David Leveaux says that wasn't his intention. "They could have been any number of different ethnicities," he says, "The two actors I wanted to be together producing sparks just happened to be those two." The casting decision led to the Capulets, Juliet's family, being an all-black clan, while Romeo's family, the Montagues, are all-white.

He says the decision was more about being realistic, rather than making social a commentary. "I'm not about to turn a contemporary version of Shakespeare into a sociological or political point," Leveaux says, "We know there are families from »

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