You could say this was a "larger than life" visit. Backstreet Boys member A.J. McLean dropped by Broadway's & Juliet at a recent performance, and spent some time on stage with Tony nominee Betsy Wolfe!
The jukebox musical, continuing its run at the Sondheim Theatre, looks to the song catalogue of Max Martin for its score. The songlist includes several made famous by Backstreet Boys, including "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Shape of My Heart."
See McLean and Wolfe meet and duet "I Want it That Way" in the production's Instagram post below.
Continuing its run after earning nine Tony Award nominations earlier this year, & Juliet picks up where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ends. When Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway comes to visit him in London, she suggests 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.
The cast includes Austin Scott as William Shakespeare, Lorna Courtney as Juliet, Betsy Wolfe as Anne Hathaway, Justin David Sullivan as May, Melanie La Barrie as Angelique, Ben Jackson Walker as Romeo, Philippe Arroyo as Francois, and Tony winner 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.