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Why Stark Sands Almost Said No to & Juliet on Broadway

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Two-time Tony nominee Stark Sands is back on Broadway this season in the hit new musical & Juliet, which opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre this past fall following an Olivier-nominated debut in London's West End.

Packed with a catalog of pop songs, this new take on the William Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet casts Lorna Courtney as the titular Juliet, who decides she would much rather stay alive following Romeo's death. Sands, Tony-nominated for his performances in Kinky Boots and Journey's End, plays the William Shakespeare, in a company that also includes Tony winner Paulo Szot as Lance, Betsy Wolfe as Anne Hathaway, Justin David Sullivan as May, Ben Jackson Walker as Romeo, Philippe Arroyo as Francois, and original U.K. cast member Melanie La Barrie as Nurse.

In the interview that follows, Sands explains why he almost passed on & Juliet, his real-life connection to Shakespeare, and the song that raises his spirits nightly...READ MORE

Author: Andrew Gans


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