The world-premiere production of Venice opened Oct. 17 at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. The new musical features book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax and lyrics by Sax and Rosen.
According to press notes, Venice "is a rich story of war, love, betrayal and the quest for peace. Venice boasts a powerful score that fuses elements of hip-hop, R&B and opera. Set in a not-too-distant future, two brothers clash over how to govern their city in the aftermath of a 20-year war. One brother seeks a new era of peace and restoration while the other tries to seize power by keeping the city mired in violence and by derailing his brother's upcoming marriage to a woman whose father had been the city's president in happier days."