Will Al Pacino Merchant of Venice Transfer to Broadway?

News   Will Al Pacino Merchant of Venice Transfer to Broadway?
The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice, featuring Academy and Tony Award-winning actor Al Pacino as Shylock, has yet to begin performances, but plans are already underway for a Broadway transfer.

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The New York Post reports that producer Jeffrey Richards, who produced this season's hit Mamet play Race as well as the ill-fated All About Me and Enron, is interested in moving the production to Broadway in the fall. Richards and producing partner Jerry Frankel, the New York daily says, have put in $350,000 to the Public staging, which begins performances June 9 at the outdoor Delacorte Theater.

Pacino, who earned acclaim for Michael Radford's 2004 screen adaptation of Merchant, will be directed at the Public by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. The production will run in repertory with The Winter's Tale, which will be staged by Tony nominee Michael Greif. Performances for both continue through Aug. 1.

No official announcement about a Broadway transfer of Merchant has been made.

Al Pacino was most recently on Broadway in Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading. He made his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of Does a Tiger Wear Necktie?, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He scored another Tony for his role in the 1977 revival of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Prior to Salome, the stage and film actor was last on Broadway in 1996 in a revival of Hughie, which he also directed. Pacino's other Broadway credits include Camino Real, King Richard III, American Buffalo and Chinese Coffee. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman."

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