WATCH: Holy Schitt! Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Shakespeare converge on Broadway
Romeo and Juliet? And what if Schitt’s Creek writer and executive producer David West Read, along with record producer-songwriter Max Martin, turned that idea into a jukebox musical? Broadway audiences would lose their minds, which will likely happen when & Juliet opens this fall at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.The pop-peppered musical has been playing on the West End since November 2019 and scored three wins at the coveted Olivier Awards (London’s equivalent of the Tonys). But the real appeal for many theatergoers is the chance to hear some of their favorite pop hits reimagined for the stage, including Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “I Kissed a Girl,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone,” and other chart-toppers by Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, Celine Dion, and more.Related: A retrofitted ‘Kinky Boots’ looks fabulous but doesn’t quite work& Juliet hopes to capitalize on a trend that’s long filled seats — banking on known entities to entice theatergoers to drop big bucks to hear familiar tunes with all the glitz and glamor of a Broadway show.