The Merchant of Venice
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- The Merchant of Venice Broadway is playing at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City.
- This Public Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice stars Al Pacino as Shylock and Byron Jennings as Antonio.
- The Merchant of Venice NYC features original music by Dan Moses Shreier and costumes designed by Jess Goldstein.
Oct. 19, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011
235 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
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Al Pacino as Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Features: The Public Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice stars Al Pacino as Shylock and features original music by Dan Moses Shreier and costumes designed by Jess Goldstein. This controversial and rarely performed Shakespeare play is directed by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan.
Why We Go: One of Shakespeare's most elusive and controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice is a compelling exploration of greed, loyalty, and prejudice. The play tells the story of the young anti-Semitic merchant Antonio (played by Byron Jennings), who, having pledged a pound of his own flesh to the Jewish moneylender Shylock (played by Academy Award-winner Al Pacino), must now evade the man he humiliated and scorned.
- Al Pacino: Undoubtedly the Public Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice Broadway owes the bulk of its success to Al Pacino. This Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning actor, a Broadway veteran who has, incidentally, appeared in 35 films, redefines the role of Shylock, the revenge-seeking moneylender at the center of the play. Seeing Pacino in person is an experience like no other: you'll be awed by his powerful and emotionally nuanced performance.
- Shakespeare: It goes without saying that The Merchant of Venice, being a Shakespeare play, features some of the finest English-language writing of the past six centuries. Among the highlights are the famous "pound of flesh" speech and Shylock's meditation on revenge.
- The Broadhurst Theatre: Each performance of The Merchant of Venice Broadway is enhanced by the comfortable seating and warm usher service of the Broadhurst Theatre. Patrons will also enjoy the convenient location, as the theater stands just steps away from 21, New York's most famous speakeasy, where theatergoers will enjoy a special pre-theatre dinner menu.
Inside Knowledge: Assistive Listening Devices are available at the Broadhurst Theatre NYC.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Enjoy Discounts: The TKTS Ticket Booth in Times Square offers tickets to The Merchant of Venice Broadway and other Broadway shows at significantly discounted rates. Check it out!
- Do Grab a Snack: Hungry? Thirsty? Looking for a souvenir? Soft drinks, water, candy, and merchandise are available in the Broadhurst Theatre lobby.
- Don't Wait to Buy Tickets: The Public Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice Broadway will end in January of 2011, and tickets are going fast. Buy your tickets in advance to make sure you get a good seat.
- Don't Bring the Kids: While children ages four and up are welcomed in the theater, The Merchant of Venice Broadway, with its difficult language and adult situations, may be inappropriate for children under thirteen. This is a show best enjoyed by adults.