Broadway’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Boasts a Bedford Connection

An illustration from the Yale Study Guide to the Orlando Bloom/
An illustration from the Yale Study Guide for Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, produced by BroadwayHD – Courtesy image

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Bonnie Comley with her parents, Richard and Virginia Comley, University of Massachusetts/Lowell Outstanding Acheivement in Business Francis Cabbott Lowell Award
Bonnie Comley with her parents, Richard and Virginia Comley, received the Francis Cabot Lowell award for outstanding achievement in business from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Thanks to BroadwayHD, co-created by Tony Award-winning producers native Bedfordite Bonnie Comley, a 1981 UMass Lowell graduate, and her husband Stewart Lane, live performances of Broadway productions were filmed in high-definition and will be presented to the general public at their local movie theaters through a partnership with Screenvision.

Movie-goers will experience the power of the theater when the 2013 Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the star-crossed couple is shown in cinemas across North America this month. Click to download the production’s study guide.

Comley and Lane’s commitment to the theater world runs deep; a gift from the couple in 2007 allowed UMass Lowell to renovate its stage in Mahoney Hall on South Campus and rename it the Comley-Lane Theatre. Comley also was the 2010 recipient of UMass Lowell’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Local showings of  Romeo and Juliet will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 pm; and Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 pm. Participating local movie theaters include: Lowell Showcase Cinemas, 32 Reiss Ave., Lowell; Woburn Showcase Cinemas, 25 Middlesex Canal Parkway, Woburn; Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington; and Cinemagic 12, 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, N.H.

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