Venice: A New Musical! See it before it leaves LA!

Venice: A New Musical! See it before it leaves LA!
November 4, 2010 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

A few weeks ago I saw a new musical called Venice which is currently playing here in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre over in Culver City (I hadn’t been there before, it’s such a nice and swanky venue, I was very impressed). I wasn’t really sure what to expect, it’s a modern musical tale that samples Shakespeare‘s Othello and Brecht, all set to hip-hop, rap and R&B music! I can be quite picky and critical when it comes to musicals, so I’m not lying when I tell you how much I truly enjoyed it from start to finish! The story was great, the music memorable, and the performers all did an amazing job! (There are clips below) Unfortunately the show’s run ends on Nov. 14th, so if you’re a local, you need to get your ass over to Culver City to see Venice! Trust me, you will not be disappointed, I would never steer you guys in the wrong direction, especially when it comes to musicals! I can easily see this show heading to Broadway in the future, audiences young and old will totally enjoy it! By the time it was finished, everyone was on their feet, myself included, bravo indeed!

Venice is 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 sure to entertain audience members.

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.

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