Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) is a 17-year old kid from New Jersey- He's bored of school and dreams of making it big in the dazzling world of the New York theatre. His dreams are realised when he meets a youthful Orson Welles (Christian McKay) and lucks a place in his legendary production of Julius Caesar. Over the course of a magical week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the brilliant Welles. Richard has to grow up fast...
A touch of genius!
- Me and Orson Welles review by Colin Taylor
A hugely entertaining film and well worth watching.It tells the story of Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, focusing on the rehearsals and backstage life before the play opens. You dont need to know anything about either Shakespeare or Welles to enjoy the film-it zips along with wit and charm,and the characters are well drawn. Told from the point of view of Zac Efron's character, a schoolkid who somehow blags a small part in the production, its very much an education for him as he rubs shoulders with its eccentric cast- especially Welles himself, who is brilliantly played by Christian McKay. Similar to those early Woody Allen films that are set in 30s New York and have a similar fantastic soundtrack, its not to be missed.