The Merchant Of Venice Broadway Information
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The Merchant Of Venice Broadway play will begin previews on October 19, 2010 at The Broadhurst Theatre. The popular yet controversial Shakespeare play will officially open on November 7, 2010. Al Pacino, legend of screen and stage, will be resuming his role of Shylock from the silver screen onto the stage. Mr. Pacino is playing the tragic character for a limited-engagement of 78 performances. He will close out his run in the classic play on January 9, 2010. With the veteran Shakespearean actor on Broadway expect this to be one of the hottest tickets in New York for fall 2010.Controversy
The Merchant of Venice Broadway play is sure to create some controversy. The work has had its debates and opinions ever since it was first performed at the court of King James in 1605. The play resembles many of Shakespeare romantic comedy of similar style. The Merchant of Venice differs in its heavy themes and dramatics. For modern audiences the play carries with it many situations, which can be debated as antisemitic. For example, Antonio the merchant insults Shylock the Jewish moneylender for his religion and heritage. Furthermore, Shylock for much of the past performance has been portrayed as the villain in the play. Regardless of whatever Shakespeare's true intentions with the work were, the play has been used by antisemites throughout history. Most notably used by the Nazi's, who used Shylock and The Merchant Of Venice for propagandist purposes.
Still there remain two interpretations to the story, the antisemitic reading and the sympathetic reading. The last big screen movie adaptation of the play, in which Pacino starred, explored the latter view. Director for the 2004 film of the same name Michael Radford strongly believed that Shylock was Shakespeare first tragic hero. That Shylock was not all the villain but meant to be accepted as the victim as well. Both Radford and Pacino (Shylock) were praised by critics for their interpretation of the character, his demise from his own faults and the realistic yet grim look at Venice around in the late 1590's.The Broadway Play
The Merchant of Venice Broadway play has most theater goers in great anticipation. With Al Pacino on the marquee and a classic Shakespeare tale waiting to unfold on the stage expect big things from this production. The cast also includes Lily Rabe as Portia, Byron Jennings as Antonio and Heather Lind as Jessica. The production features Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan as the director, scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and original music by Dan Moses Schreier. Over the summer, the play ran at Shakespeare in the Park in which it sold out. Make sure to book you're The Merchant Of Venice tickets early, especially if hoping to see Pacino playing the controversial character of Shylock.
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