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Shakespeare in the Park 2012 Gala attracts big name stars to Central Park

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Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken and several others will perform Romeo and Juliet in Al Pacino’s honor.

Shakespeare in the Park 2012 Gala attracts big name stars to Central Park

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park 50th Anniversary Gala will take place on Monday, June 18, at Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The Gala is honoring Al Pacino for his work with The Public Theater and will include a one-night-only performance of Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet.  Most recently, Pacino played Shylock in The Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 2010.

Several prominent actors will be part of the cast, including Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep as Romeo and Juliet, Christopher Walken as Mercutio, Law & Order's Sam Waterston as Benvolio, Jeffrey Wright as Tybalt, Jerry Stiller as Peter, The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad as Lady Capulet and Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh as Lady Montague.  

Raul Esparza, Christine Baranski, David Harbour, Bill Irwin, F. Murray Abraham, Jesse L. Martin and John Cullum also join the cast.  

If you want to see this star-studded performance, it will cost you. The Public Theater's website shows that the ticket range is from $1,500 to $100,000, with added benefits at each price level.  The benefits include actually seeing the performance, a table for the pre-performance dinner, tickets to the post-performance celebration, tickets to see Into the Woods (a Shakespeare in the Park production starting July 23) and the opportunity to have The Public Theater's Artistic Director Oskar Eustis hang out with you at your house.  At this rate, $200,000 might get you a high five from Shakespeare himself. 

Surely this once-in-a-lifetime performance will be one for the history books. 

Let CHARGED.fm get you tickets to your favorite Shakespearean plays this summer.

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