The chances of Broadway seeing a new revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross?dim since 2002, when projected stars Danny DeVito and Ben Stiller dropped out of an announced production?are bright again. However, the title now has new producers, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who replace the previously involved Robert Cole, Allan S. Gordon, Elan V. McAllister & Jam Theatricals, according to Variety.
The show also has a new director, the ubiquitous Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked, Assassins), said the New York Times. Spring 2005 is the project launch time.
After Stiller and DeVito exited a planned early 2003 staging, the producing team headed by Cole postponed their staging. Director Daniel Sullivan was to have shepherded the piece.
Film star Ben Stiller was to have played hot-shot real estate shark Roma, but dropped out in early August 2002. "My priorities changed after the birth of my daughter," Stiller told gossip maven Liz Smith at the time, "and the reality of being separated from my family for the better part of eight months caused me to rethink my commitment."
DeVito, too, was apparently a devoted family man. Variety reported that he chose to remain in L.A., where he can be closer to his family. DeVito was to have played the lead role of Shelley Levine.
The original Broadway production played less than a year at the Golden Theatre, March 1984 to February 1985, but was embraced by critics. Mamet won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the script, about the lengths men will hustle for success in a Chicago real estate office. Gregory Mosher directed a cast that included Joe Mantegna (who snagged the Tony Award that year for Best Featured Actor), Mike Nussbaum, Robert Prosky, Lane Smith, James Tolkan, Jack Wallace and J. T. Walsh. The play was seen in London before New York.