Broadway's Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino, to Offer Rush Tickets

News   Broadway's Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino, to Offer Rush Tickets
The Public Theater's anticipated Broadway engagement of The Merchant of Venice, starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino, will offer discounted rush tickets beginning with the first preview at the Broadhurst Theatre Oct. 19.

Lily Rabe and Al Pacino
Lily Rabe and Al Pacino Photo by Joan Marcus

At 90 minutes prior to each performance, theatregoers will be able to put their names in the lottery for a limited number of mezzanine tickets to the classic Shakespeare play. The lottery tickets (limited to two tickets per entry) are $31.50.

"This summer, we were able to give away tens of thousands of seats to this extraordinary production of The Merchant of Venice," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "We can't do that on Broadway, but I'm delighted we've found a way to allow a few passionate theater lovers to get tickets at an extraordinary discount. Shakespeare belongs to everyone."

Daniel Sullivan helms the production (originally seen as part of Shakespeare in the Park this past summer), which will officially open Nov. 7 and play a limited 78-performance engagement through Jan. 9, 2011. The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel produce the Broadway run.

Pacino stars as Shylock, with Lily Rabe reprising her performance as Portia, alongside Jesse L. Martin as Gratiano, Byron Jennings as Antonio and Heather Lind as Jessica.

The cast also features Gerry Bamman as the Duke of Venice, Matthew Rauch as Solanio and Richard Topol as Tubal, Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Launcelot Gobbo, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Nerissa, David Harbour as Bassanio, Peter Francis James as Salerio, Isaiah Johnson as Prince of Morocco, Charles Kimbrough as Prince of Arragon and Seth Numrich as Lorenzo. Ensemble members include Happy Anderson, Liza J. Bennett, Bryce Gill, Jade Hawk, Bethany Heinrich, Tia James, Kelsey Kurz, Brian Macdonald, Dorien Makhloghi, Glenn Fleshler, Luke Forbes, Herb Foster, Thomas M. Hammond, Curt Hostetter, Dorien Makhloghi, Kim Martin-Cotten and Baylen Thomas.

The Broadway run of Merchant features the original Shakespeare in the Park creative team, including Mark Wendland (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design). Dan Moses Schreier penned original music for Merchant of Venice.

Here's how the Public bills the Shakespeare classic: "The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and controversial plays, rich with love and betrayal, forgiveness and revenge. The Jewish moneylender Shylock makes a loan to Antonio, a Christian merchant. Their loan contract, steeped in prejudice and centered on the play's infamous 'pound of flesh,' sweeps the two men and everyone in their worlds into chaos. Only the insightful Portia can imagine a way forward, but for her and those she loves, even 'the quality of mercy' has its limits."

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 W. 44th Street.

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