Chris Martin (left) and super producer Max Martin at the Broadway opening night of  “& Juliet”. The show, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, includes pop hits, many written by Max Martin, from stars including Celine Dion and Ariana Grande. Photo: Charles Sykes/ Invision/AP
Chris Martin (left) and super producer Max Martin at the Broadway opening night of “& Juliet”. The show, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, includes pop hits, many written by Max Martin, from stars including Celine Dion and Ariana Grande. Photo: Charles Sykes/ Invision/AP
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Celine Dion, Ariane Grande, Pink and Shakespeare: how Broadway writer of ‘& Juliet’ put pop hits into Bard’s tale of Montagues and Capulets

  • Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read explains how he matched pop hits to Romeo and Juliet, saying: ‘I really tried to let story and character drive it’
  • So he has Juliet sing Britney Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’ in her suicide scene and Adam Lambert’s ‘Whataya Want From Me’ become a duet between arguing lovers

Chris Martin (left) and super producer Max Martin at the Broadway opening night of  “& Juliet”. The show, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, includes pop hits, many written by Max Martin, from stars including Celine Dion and Ariana Grande. Photo: Charles Sykes/ Invision/AP
Chris Martin (left) and super producer Max Martin at the Broadway opening night of “& Juliet”. The show, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, includes pop hits, many written by Max Martin, from stars including Celine Dion and Ariana Grande. Photo: Charles Sykes/ Invision/AP
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