The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1457  Wednesday, 29 May 2002

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, May 28, 2002 10:56 AM
Subject:        R and J in Disney's Proud Family

An episode of The Proud Family (a Disney animated sit-com about an
African American family) airing Friday, May 24, 2002 from 7-7:30 EST
involved extensive quotations from Romeo and Juliet. It's called "Romeo
Must Wed." The episode was about Jenny's (the daughter) romance with a
Chinese immigrant son named Wong. Their romance blossoms as they play
Romeo and Juliet in the school production, but Wong's family has
arranged a marriage for him. Romeo Must Die is mentioned. Jenny decides
not to play Juliet, but her Aunt, an actress, encourages her to do it,
and so she does. We first see a black character doing the Prologue and
then, after Jenny sows, the balcony scene. (Jenny's presence means that
an Hispanic girl named La Cienaga does not get to play Juliet as she had
hoped.) Wong breaks out of his role to tell Jenny that he and the woman
he was supposed to marry hated each other and that he loves Jenny. She
smiles and says "Really?" and jumps off the balcony into his arms. The
audience looks baffled. After a commercial break, the play continues in
the death scene and Jenny raps (with music on the soundtrack) her final
speech before killing herself with the dagger. This is a rehearsal and
the teacher approves by saying, as had a black character earlier,
"Brave-o. Brave-o."

Episode at


The show website is at


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