Thursday, August 2nd: Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ / The Love Show

Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet / The Love Show
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn

With a Nino Rota score, Oscars for cinematography and costume design (and a host of nominations including Best Picture), and scandalous star turns by teenage beauties Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET is a feast for the eyes and ears and perhaps the greatest Shakespeare film ever made. For all Zeffirelli’s triumphs as a director and producer of film and television and a director and designer of opera—critical and box office successes, productions at the Metropolitan Opera, and even a British Knighthood (he is the first Italian national to receive the honor)—Romeo and Juliet remains his best-loved work and the one he is most frequently associated with. The opportunity to see it on the largest movie screen in NYC should not be passed up lightly. THE LOVE SHOW, a set of classic love songs reinvented to stunning effect by the inimitable singer Helga Davis and a cohort of powerhouse vocalists, will set the mood.

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