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Pacino’s Merchant is a million dollar earner

The Oscar winner kicked off the New York revival of the classic play at the Broadhurst Theatre last week (19Oct10), and the money is already rolling in after just seven preview performances – with thousands snapping up tickets costing up to $140 (GBP93) each.

The production notched up first week takings of $1,060,015 (GBP706,680), unprecedented figures for a non-musical, reports Daily Variety.

It’s not the first time Pacino has played Shakespeare’s Shylock in New York – he headlined a successful open air run in Central Park last summer (10).

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