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Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals

On Monday, June 21, The Public Theater hosted its annual gala, this year honoring sponsors Bank of America and Bernard Gersten. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, running in repertory with THE WINTER'S TALE, gave a special performance as part of the gala event. BroadwayWorld celebrated with The Public's friends and supporters and brings you a sampling of the celebrity gala attendees below!

Gala attendees included longtime Public advocates Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Sam Waterston, James Gandolfini, Vanessa Williams, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Zach Braff, Lucy Liu, Neil Patrick Harris, Kathleen Turner, Kate Walsh, Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Amanda Peet, Jane Krakowski, Josh Lucas, Aidan Quinn, Edie Falco, Nora Ephron, Kyle McLachlan, Gloria Reuben, Audra McDonald, Sarah Paulson, RosAnna Scotto, Bill Irwin and Linda Emond, in addition to Rena DeSisto, Global Arts and Culture Executive, Bank of America; Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer, Lincoln Center Theater; Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; and Public Theater Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Daniel Sullivan, began performances for Shakespeare in the Park on Saturday, June 12. The Public Theater began Shakespeare in the Park performances of A Winter's Tale, directed by Michael Greif on June 9. Both shows will play in repertory through Sunday, August 1 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE company features Happy Anderson, Gerry Bamman, Francois Battiste, Liza J. Bennett, Tyler Caffall, Cary Donaldson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Luke Forbes, Bryce Gill, Shalita Grant, Jade Hawk, Bill Heck, Tia James, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Byron Jennings, Kelsey Kurz, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, BrIan MacDonald, Dorien Makhloghi, Jesse L. Martin, Nyambi Nyambi, Al Pacino, Lily Rabe, Matthew Rauch, Joe Short, Richard Topol and Max Wright.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 1 p.m. the day of the show. This summer, The Public Theater will again offer free tickets through Virtual Ticketing, available at www.shakespeareinthepark.org.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Bernard Gersten and Oskar Eustis

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Bernard Gersten

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lorraine Bracco

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lorraine Bracco

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Taylor Buckley and Zach Braff

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Laurie Anderson

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Laurie Anderson

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Bob Balaban

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Bob Balaban

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Jill Clayburgh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Jill Clayburgh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
David Rabe

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Peter Dinklage

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Linda Emond

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Michael Esper

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Edie Falco

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Edie Falco

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Edie Falco

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
James Gandolfini and wife Deborah Lin

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
James Gandolfini and wife Deborah Lin

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
James Gandolfini

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Jonathan Groff

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Josh Hamilton

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Josh Hamilton

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Bill Irwin

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Harvey Keitel

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lucy Liu

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lucy Liu

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Josh Lucas

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Josh Lucas

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Sarah Paulson and Amanda Peet

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Amanda Peet

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Sarah Paulson

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Amanda Peet

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Aidan Quinn and Wife

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Aidan Quinn

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Aidan Quinn

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lou Reed

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lois Robbins

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Lois Robbins

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Zoe Buckman and David Schwimmer

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Zoe Buckman and David Schwimmer

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Zoe Buckman and David Schwimmer

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
David Schwimmer

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Julie White

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Julie White

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Sam Waterston

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kate Walsh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kate Walsh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kate Walsh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals
Kate Walsh

Photo Coverage: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Celebrity Arrivals

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.