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Thesps join ‘Merchant of Venice’

Fitzgerald, Harbour cast in Broadway play

Christopher Fitzgerald and David Harbour are among the new thesps on board for the Broadway run of “The Merchant of Venice,” in which they’ll appear alongside returning cast members including Lily Rabe and Byron Jennings.

Topliner Al Pacino, starring as the titular moneylender Shylock, had previously been confirmed for the Main Stem transfer of the Public Theater’s recent staging in Central Park, but it was understood that not all members of the summertime production could stick with the show on the Rialto.

Fitzgerald (“Young Frankenstein,” “Finian’s Rainbow”), for instance, replaces Jesse Tyler Ferguson, whose shooting sked for ABC skein “Modern Family” precluded a Broadway stint in the fall.

Harbour (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) steps in for Hamish Linklater as Bassanio, the love interest of Portia (Rabe). Peter Francis James (“Guiding Light”) and Charles Kimbrough (“Murphy Brown”) also are among the actors new to the cast.

Along with the well-reviewed Rabe, Jesse L. Martin, Matthew Rauch and Heather Lind are also on the list of performers returning for the production.

Limited run of “Merchant” begins perfs Oct. 19 at the Broadhurst Theater.