Brothers Wage War in New Hip-Hop Musical Venice at Kirk Douglas Theatre
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The last date listed for Venice was Sunday November 14, 2010 / 6:30pm (Closing Night).
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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A very good show with excellent performances. Its many layers and slowly-revealed complexities keep you continuously engaged. Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson may have been everything that's wrong with brand new American musicals, but Venice is everything that's right.
Having grown originally out of the Shakespearean story of Othelllo, Venice now feels very similar in tone to the critically-acclaimed television show Kings. The only thing preventing it from earning a 5-star ranking: I wish they had developed the love story more. Yes, Othello was a Tragedy (capital T), but to be most affected by a tragic story, an audience must empathize with and care for the characters. Venice didn't quite get me where I wanted to go. Nonetheless, I do recommend you see it before it closes on November 14. The next Rent? Very possibly. Yes, that wouldn't surprise me at all.
Excellent venue with stadium seating. I was in row H (about halfway between the first and the last), but I wasn't at all disappointed.
Be careful when getting directions. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is actually at 9820 W. Washington Blvd. I put 9820 Washington Blvd into my navigation system and it took me several blocks too far east. The nearest cross street should be Duquesne Ave.
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“The year’s best musical! Though early in its creative life, the next major American musical could well be in the making.” —Time Magazine* *
See a "preview ":http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/productiondetail.aspx?id=14326of _Venice. _
The choreography team for Venice includes* John Carrafa* who received Tony Award Nominations for Urinetown and Into the Woods and a 2007 Media Choreography Award for his work on The Polar Express, as well as *Tanisha Scott, * whose diverse resume includes everything from Alicia Keys’ As I Am tour to the music video for Beyonce’s “Upgrade U” to the feature film Notorious for 20th Century Fox.
A next generation Broadway musical that uses the vocabulary of hip-hop while sampling _Othello _and Brecht to spin an epic tale of struggle and redemption.
Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, creators of the 2007 audience favorite _Clay__,_ return triumphantly to the Douglas with Venice, an ambitious new musical with a highly original score that fuses hip-hop, R&B and even opera. Set in the not-too-distant future, this tale of two brothers with conflicting ideas of how to lead a city caught in a terrorist war is a visionary new theatrical work filled with love, politics, treachery, tragedy and exhilarating music.