“I wanna Love and Be Loved! I wanna Love and Be Loved!” was the tune that was in my soul when I left the theater after seeing Venice! Venice is one of the best new musicals out! It is fresh, hip and alive!  This interesting take on Shakespeare’s, Othello set in the fallen city of Venice, Matt Sax’s music & Eric Rosen’s Book transports us to a place of hope & love.  After a 5 week run at Public Theater, tonight  Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Damiano, Jonathan-David, Emilee Dupre, Claybourne Elder, Semhar Ghebremichael, Leslie Odom, Jr., Victoria Platt, Angela Polk, Devin Roberts, Matt Sax, Haaz Sleiman, and Manuel Stark   will fight for revolution one last time tonight!  Making its NY Debut as part of the Public Lab, I’m hoping Venice will take flight on another stage really soon! This incredibly talented cast has brought life to a show that has been in development since 2011. If you missed your chance to check out Venice,  see video below from their Fan Preview Event at Joe’s Pub.

I am hoping that I can get some of these actors on my new web talk show, Celi’s Hangout! I would love to hear what the process has been like bringing to life this work of art. Leslie Odom Jr. was the perfect villain you loved to hate, while Uzo Aduba(Anna Monroe), Victoria Platt(Emilia) & Angela Polk (Hailey Daisy) put the battery in my backpack inspiring me with their talent, beauty & incredible voices. Venice left me rejuvenated. The magic of theater when its good, you are moved as an artist to be better & do better. So for that I thank the entire cast and crew of Venice, KUDOS!

**Public Lab at The Public provides audiences with access to new work and Shakespeare with low priced tickets and provides emerging and established artists with a platform to further develop their work on stage and in performances with scaled-down productions (shorter rehearsal periods and smaller budgets.)


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  1. […] had their hands full with the park and two musicals down on Astor Place! (Here Lies Love & Venice) What a glorious and busy summer it has been at the Public Theater thus far!  Shakespeare in Park […]

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