Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep

Eric Rosen and Matt Sax, creators of the Rep's hip hop sensation Clay, present their new musical, Venice, April 11-May 9 at Copaken Stage. Rosen, who is artistic director of Kansas City Rep, directs. Choreography is by John Carrafa (Tony Award nominations for Urinetown and Into the Woods) and Tanisha Scott (video choreography for Sean Paul, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna and many additional recording artists).

Venice is an operatic tale of war, love and the ultimate quest for peace, told through a dynamic mix of musical genres, including hip-hop, R&B and traditional theatre music. Brothers Venice and Markos are in conflict over how to save their city from a terrorist war; one brother seeks peace while the other is mired in treachery and destruction. Given a contemporary setting, Venice brings the theatricality of hip-hop to a large-cast musical.

The Venice cast of twelve musical theatre performers includes: Uzo Aduba as Anna Monroe (Coram Boy, 365 Plays/365 Days); Clifton Duncan as Markos Monroe (Twelfth Night); Anna Eilinsfeld, ensemble (I Come for Love, In the Bubble); Jay Garcia, ensemble (Altar Boyz, Legally Blonde tour, Avenue Q); J.D. Goldblatt as Theodore Westbrook (Broadway revival Les Miserables); Andrea Goss as Willow Turner (Rent); Colin Hanlon as Michael Victor (I Love You Because, How Now, Dow Jones); Javier Muñoz as Venice Monroe (In the Heights); Angela Wildflower Polk as Hailey Daisy (Crowns, Permanent Collection, Bat Boy, the Musical-Unicorn Theatre); Matt Sax as Clown MC (Clay); Brandon Sollenberger, ensemble (Moisés Kaufman's Into the Woods, KC Rep); Jasmin Walker as Emilia Monroe (Avenue Q, 365 Days/365 Plays).

The creative team includes musical director Curtis Moore (Into the Woods at KC Rep, The Bridge Project, The Coast of Utopia, Sam Mendes' The Cherry Orchard), choreography by John Carrafa (Tony Award nominations for Urinetown, Into the Woods) and Tanisha Scott (Sean Paul, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna), set and costume design by Meghan Raham (Clay), lighting design by David Weiner (Steven Cosson's Bus Stop at KC Rep, Equivocation, Reasons to be Pretty), projection design by Jason H. Thompson (assistant design, Jersey Boys) and sound design by Joshua Horvath (Clay).

The Rep's co-producing partner for Venice is Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, which commissioned Rosen and Sax in 2007 to write another musical following the success of their critically acclaimed show Clay, which premiered in Los Angeles and had subsequent sold-out runs at Kansas City Rep and in New York, where it kicked off Lincoln Center Theater's new programming initiative LCT3, devoted to producing the work of emerging playwrights, directors and designers.

Venice runs April 11-May 9 at Kansas City Rep's Copaken Stage located at 14th and Main streets, Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets are $15-$50. For more information about ticketing and show specifics, please call the Rep's box office, 816-235-2700, or visit www.kcrep.org.

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Matt Sax

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Matt Sax

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Matt Sax and company

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Javier Muñoz and company

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Company of Venice

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Uzo Aduba (front), Angela Wildflower Polk, Jasmin Walker, and Anna Eilinsfeld

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Javier Muñoz and Andrea Goss

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Javier Muñoz

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Javier Muñoz

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Colin Hanlon and company

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Andrea Goss, Colin Hanlon (in uniform) and company

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
(left to right) Javier Muñoz, Clifton Duncan, Colin Hanlon, Andrea Goss and company

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Clifton Duncan

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Javier Muñoz and Andrea Goss

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Jasmin Walker and Clifton Duncan

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Front: Angela Goss and Matt Sax. Back: J.D. Goldblatt and Brandon Sollenberger

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
(left to right) Jay Garcia, Angela Wildflower Polk, J.D. Goldblatt, Brandon Sollenberger, and Matt Sax

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Angela Wildflower Polk and Colin Hanlon

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
(front) Colin Hanlon and Angela Wildflower Polk; (back) Uzo Aduba, Clifton Duncan, and Jasmin Walker

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Company of Venice

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Clifton Duncan and Javier Muñoz

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Company of Venice

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep
Andrea Goss

Photo Flash: Sax, Munoz, Hanlon & More In VENICE At KC Rep

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