Lily Rabe, Jesse L. Martin and more will reprise their roles in the Broadway transfer of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and directed by Daniel Sullivan. Tony nominees Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein) and David Harbour (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) are among the cast members joining the production.
Rabe (Portia), Martin (Gratiano), Byron Jennings (Antonio), Gerry Bamman (Duke of Venice), Heather Lind (Jessica), Matthew Rauch (Solanio), and Richard Topol (Tubal) join the previously announced Pacino (Shylock) in reprising their roles from the Shakespeare in the Park production this past summer. In addition to Fitzgerald (Launcelot Gobbo), who is playing the part that Jesse Tyler Ferguson played in the summer production, and Harbour (Bassanio), new cast members include Marsha Stephanie Blake (Nerissa), Peter Francis James (Salerio), Isaiah Johnson (Prince of Morocco), Charles Kimbrough (Prince of Arragon) and Seth Numrich (Lorenzo).
The company will also feature Happy Anderson, Liza J. Bennett, Glenn Fleshler, Luke Forbes, Herb Foster, Bryce Gill, Thomas M. Hammond, Jade Hawk, Bethany Heinrich, Curt Hostetter, Tia James, Kelsey Kurz, Brian Macdonald, Dorien Makhloghi, Kim Martin-Cotten and Baylen Thomas.
The Merchant of Venice will play Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre beginning on October 19 and officially opening on November 7. This limited engagement will close on January 9, 2011.