“Venice,” the Kansas City Repertory Theatre musical TIME magazine called “The Year’s Best Musical,” will have its New York premiere at The Public Theater, May 28-June 23.
“Venice” features a fusion of musical styles from hip-hop and rock to anthems of love and hope, tracing a young man’s rise as he fights for what’s right against a backdrop of deceit and sibling betrayal.
The musical has received accolades from local and national press. Robert Trussell, theatre critic for The Kansas City Star wrote, “This Show Sizzles … Rosen-Sax score again.” TIME magazine’s theatre critic Richard Zoglin proclaimed it to be “The Year’s Best Musical” and “The next major American musical.”
ERIC ROSEN is Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre and was Founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre. He has developed and produced over 40 world premieres, including Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning “I Am My Own Wife” and work by Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty and Moisés Kaufman, among others.
MATT SAX is a writer, actor and musician. His one man hip-hop musical, “Clay,” was presented by Lincoln Center (Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations), Lookingglass Theatre/About Face Theatre (Jeff Award), Center Theatre Group (Ovation Award Nomination), KC Rep and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Prior to The Public, “Venice” has been presented by CTG and KC Rep.
CURTIS MOORE has composed the score for “Timon of Athens” at The Public, and recently returned from conducting and performing in Sam Mendes’ production of “Richard III,” starring Kevin Spacey.
“Venice” runs May 28-June 23 at the newly revitalized Public Theater at Astor Place in New York City. For ticket information, please call (212) 539-8650.
For additional details about the musical, visit “Venice” at UMKC Today.