Rumer Willis to Star in Baz Luhrmann Concert Experience (Exclusive)

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From left: Charissa Hogeland, Ciaran McCarthy, Ginifer King, Steve Mazurek, Rumer Willis, Payson Lewis, Jason Paige, Jackie Seiden, Derek Ferguson.

The "90210" actress replaces Lindsey Gort, a new addition to "The Carrie Diaries,'' in the leading role.

Rumer Willis will hit the stage in For the Record: Baz Luhrmann, a theater adaptation weaving together four of the director's films. She will play the role of Juliet from Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

The show debuted last year and is back to celebrate the third anniversary of the Los Angeles-based live concert series For the Record, which brings film soundtracks to life on stage. Other For the Record performances have included music from the films of Robert Zemeckis, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese.

Willis filled the role after Lindsey Gort (who starred in For the Record: Scorsese) left to join the cast of The CW's The Carrie Diaries, on which she plays a young Samantha Jones.

Ginifer King (Nickelodeon's Haunted Hathaways) and Jackie Seiden (Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys) have gone on from the theater series to book TV and movie roles. Molly Ringwald, Tracie Thoms and Sutton Foster also have performed at the space in the past months.

Held at Griffith Park's Rockwell: Table & Stage, the Luhrmann adaptation was created by Shane Scheel, Christopher Lloyd Bratten and Anderson Davis and features songs from the director's 1992 debut Strictly Ballroom, 1996's Romeo + Juliet, 2001's Moulin Rouge! and this year's The Great Gatsby, including "Sparkling Diamonds," "Lady Marmalade" and "$100 Bill."

Joining Willis in the cast is Rescue Me's Milena Govich, Glee's Lindsay Pearce and Smash's Derek Ferguson. 

Previews begin Aug. 15, with the official opening set for Aug. 22. Weekly performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. through Oct. 19. Tickets start at $25 and are available at