Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Merchant Of Venice Opening Delayed

The Merchant Of Venice Opening Delayed

UPDATED: November 10, 2010

Up until yesterday, Daniel Sullivan's revival of The Merchant Of Venice was scheduled for a November 7 opening on Broadway. But late in the day, it was announced that the play will not open as scheduled, and that an announcement will be issued next week on a new opening night for the show.

The delay is due to an unplanned temporary departure for "personal family reasons" by Lily Rabe, who plays Portia. Since the show must go on, Rabe's understudy, Kim Martin-Cotten, is set to cover Rabe's role in her absence. No word (yet) on whether press previews are continuing while Martin-Cotten performs.

Here's wishing Rabe and her family the best.

Update: It was revealed over the past week that Lily Rabe's mother Jill Clayburgh passed away after a long battle with leukemia. Rabe returned to the play on Sunday for the scheduled opening, but the press opening has now been scheduled for November 13.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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