PHOTO CALL: A Party for Broadway's Merchant of Venice, Starring Al Pacino and Lily Rabe

News   PHOTO CALL: A Party for Broadway's Merchant of Venice, Starring Al Pacino and Lily Rabe
Actress Lily Rabe has returned to the Broadway production of the Public Theater's The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. The company celebrated its Broadway opening Nov. 7, though press performances and reviews will occur at a later date.

Rabe, who originated the role of Portia in the Shakespeare in the Park staging of Merchant of Venice this past summer, had been absent from the Broadway transfer this past week due to the failing health of her mother, Academy Award-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh. Clayburgh lost her battle with leukemia Nov. 5.


Merchant began performances Oct. 19 and will play a limited 78-performance engagement through Jan. 9, 2011. A new opening night will be announced this week.

Here is a look at the party:

  Pacino stars as Shylock in Shakespeare's comedy, which shifts to a darker, more serious tone under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof).

The principal cast also features Jesse L. Martin, Byron Jennings, Heather Lind as Jessica, Matthew Rauch, Richard Topol, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marsha Stephanie Blake, David Harbour, Peter Francis James and Seth Numrich.

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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