Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Pacino (as moneylender Shylock) and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof) reunite to bring the Public Theater's critically acclaimed Central Park production of William Shakespeare's classic controversial comedy Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. The 78-performance Broadway engagement will play Oct. 19-Jan. 9, 2011.
Complete casting will be announced, but most cast members from the sold-out summer run are expected to reunite under the Broadhurst roof.
The Public/Shakespeare in the Park staging of The Merchant of Venice began previews at Central Park's Delacorte Theater June 12 and officially opened June 30. The production concluded its repertory run alongside The Winter's Tale on Aug. 1.
Critics praised Merchant, which co-starred Lily Rabe as Portia, Byron Jennings as Antonio, Heather Lind as Jessica, Hamish Linklater as Bassanio, Jesse L. Martin as Gratiano, Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Nerissa and Bill Heck as Lorenzo, among others.
Pacino's casting in the free summer staging of the play turned Merchant of Venice into one of the most sought-after tickets in town. Theatregoers routinely line up along Central Park West a day ahead of time, in order to be the first in line to snag free tickets.
The Broadway run of Merchant will reunite the Shakespeare in the Park creative team, including Mark Wendland (scenic design), Jess Goldestein (costume design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design). Dan Moses Schreier penned original music for Merchant of Venice.
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