David Serero to Star in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at the Center for Jewish History This June
William Shakespeare's classic THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will be performed in New York on June 10th at 3pm (Preview), 14th at 7pm (Opening), 22nd and 24th at 8pm 2015.
International baritone and actor DAVID SERERO will play the lead role of SHYLOCK. Located at the Center Jewish of History, the A.S.F promotes Jewish Sephardi culture.
This Merchant of Venice production will adapted into a sephardi style featuring Jewish ladino music of the era. It's a world premiere adaptation.
When they were living in Spain and Portugal, Sephardi Jews were playing Ladinos music (language mixed of Spanish and Hebrew) before they were chased by the Spanish Inquisition and had to flee to Middle Eastern countries such as Morocco, Tunisia..etc.
American Sephardi Federation at Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011. Dates: June 10th at 3pm, 14th at 7pm, 21st and 24th at 8pm, 2015. Tickets : $26 ($36 at the door) and $36 for VIP Tickets ($46 at the door).
ABOUT THE CAST:
SHYLOCK : DAVID SERERO
DAVID SERERO is a Sephardi Jew from Morocco, born in Paris and living in New York who has gained international recognition both as an Actor and a Baritone. At only 33 years old, this fresh performer has already performed more than 700 concerts and performancesthroughout the world. Some of these have been broadcast on worldwide televisions totalizing an average audience of 30 millions of viewers and 18 millions on radios. Performing on the most prestigious worldwide stages and for the most important occasions, this true Show-Man and Entertainer brings a fresh approach to the Opera world by giving more than 80 concerts per year, during which he brings all his eclectic repertoire (Opera, Broadway, World Music, Jazz and Comedy), resulting as unique shows. He has given concerts at the Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, The Eiffel Tower..the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam...and made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. He has sung more than 20 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. He organizes several concerts in benefit to charities for which he commits himself on a daily basis and performed for Presidents and biggest world's leaders. He often goes to perform in Hospitals, schools...etc. In march 2012 David Serero performed his signature role of Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris. During november 2012 in Paris, David Serero performed the title role from the revival of Duke ELLINGTON's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In January 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. David has produced and directed I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards with Jermaine Jackson.
In December 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with BARBRA STREISAND in London and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the SNAPPLE Theatre in New York.
As an Actor he starred in Features Films, TV Movies & Series and Plays. He recently performed in New York the lead roles in the films The Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Super Paradise, Capicola, Laundry Day, Ransom, There will come soft rains and more. He recorded THE BROADWAY BARITONE featuring Broadway classics with a Philharmonic orchestra. From May to October 2014, he gave more than 100 performances his One Man Musical Show in Paris at the Theatre du Gymnase.
During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The Frank Sinatra Classics. Since October 2014, he has been playing the part of Chef Bruno in the musical TRUFFLES in New York. In March he played Sly and Vincentio from The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Public Library. In May David will be King Edward from Richard III in New York and later in August he will be King of France from Henry V in Azincourt, France. In May in New York, he will be playing the lead role of Marcel Proust in the play « Proust and Joyce at the Majestic Hotel ». Full biography on www.davidserero.com.
BASSANIO : JOSEPH TALLUTO
Joey grew up in Boston and is proud to be the first generation American in his family (his parents were born in Sicily). For four years he has performed on the nationally ranked comedy troupe "Seriously Bent", while performing at the Boston comedy club, "Improv Asylum," which has been featured on HBO. He studied acting at the Lee Straserg Institute of Theater and Film and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater at Suffolk University in Boston.
PORTIA: DINA DESMONE
Dina couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this production! She was last seen Off-Broadway and touring around the country and internationally in Girls Night: The Musical. Some other favorite credits include Cinderella in Into the Woods, Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, and the world premier of A Child's Christmas in Wales. A Point Park University graduate, and proud Pittsburgh sport fan, Dina is forever grateful for the support from her family and friends. Yinz are the best!
ANTONIO : JAMES BOCOCK
James is very happy to be a part of this production of Merchant of Venice. He is located primarily out of Boston where he has performed with such companies as Stickball Productions, Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Argos Productions, The Nora Theatre Co., Zeitgeist Stage Co., The Huntington Theatre Co., and the nationally recognized Tennessee Williams Festivals in both Provincetown, MA and New Orleans, LA-both affiliated with New Urban Theatre Lab and he has just completed a two month tour of New York and Chicago with Elements Theatre Co. His featured role in the short film "A Drop of Water", with RedTere Productions, recently won the Grand Prize for Best Horror Film at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival.
DUKE OF VENICE, SALARINO, MOROCCO and TUBAL: RON BARBA
Ron Barba is an actor from Greenwich, CT. He has appeared in national commercials and Independent and Hollywood budgeted films. Producing and starring in his own TV Pilot, King of the List; about a Craigslist Talent Agent, and movie "I Killed Last Night"; as a detective in pursuit of a serial killing comedian, Ron has been in over 100 youtube videos and several New York and Los Angeles stage plays and musicals.