Following news earlier this month that the Public Theater's wildly successful and multiply-extended Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will move
to Broadway in September, today the downtown performance palace announced that one of its current Shakespeare in the Park
productions, The Merchant of Venice
with Al Pacino as Shylock, will also transfer to Broadway. Performances will begin at the Broadhurst Theatre on October 19, where Pacino will headline the limited run for 78 performances, or through January 9. The rest of the cast will be announced soon, though with such good reviews
of the current Delacorte ensemble it seems likely there won't be many substantial changes. Between this, the Andrew Jackson
transfer and another ongoing Delacorte-to-Broadway success, Hair
, the Public will surely be making good on artistic director Oskar Eustis's hopes
of being completely free in no time.