Glengarry Glen Ross to Follow 'night, Mother Again; Set for May 1 Opening

News   Glengarry Glen Ross to Follow 'night, Mother Again; Set for May 1 Opening
 
In a move that will have theatre historians abuzz, the upcoming revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross will follow the upcoming revival of 'night, Mother at Broadway's Royale Theatre.

The Mamet work will begin previews in mid-April toward a May 1, 2005 opening. The original staging of 'night, Mother opened March 31, 1983 at the John Golden Theatre. The venue next housed the original staging of Glengarry Glen Ross, which opened March 25, 1984.

This time around, the new Michael Mayer staging of 'night, Mother — starring Edie Falco and Brenda Blethyn — will end its 19-week run (from Nov. 14, 2004) at the Royale Theatre on Feb. 27, 2005. The May 1 opening of Glengarry Glen Ross will likely just place it within this seasons's cut-off for Tony Award eligibility — where it may vie with its predecessor for the Best Play Revival prize.

Alan Alda (QED, "M*A*S*H"), Liev Schreiber (Henry V, "Scream") and Frederick Weller (Take Me Out, "The Shape of Things") will star in the new staging by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out). More casting is to be announced.

The design team of Glengarry Glen Ross will feature Santo Loquasto (sets), Laura Bauer (costumes) and Kenneth Posner (lighting). Producing the revival will be Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and JAM Theatricals.

Glengarry Glen Ross follows the cutthroat world of real estate where salesmen are vying for the best leads to make the biggest sales. The play was produced on Broadway in 1984 under the direction of Gregory Mosher following London and Chicago runs. The drama earned playwright Mamet the Pulitzer Prize and Best Play Tony Award nomination that year and was later adapted by the scribe for the 1992 film. Alda, known for his Emmy Award-winning television work on "M*A*S*H," has appeared on the Broadway stage in the Art, QED, Jake's Women, The Apple Tree, The Owl and the Pussycat, Fair Game for Lovers, Purlie Victorious and Only in America. His film credits include "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Flirting With Disaster," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "And the Band Played On," "Murder at 1600," "Same Time, Next Year," "California Suite" and the upcoming "The Aviator."

Schreiber trodded the boards last summer in Central Park's Delacourte Theatre as Henry V. His recent New York theatre credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat and Othello. A co-star in the upcoming "The Manchurian Candidate," he has also appeared on film in the "Scream" trilogy, "Jakob the Liar," "Kate & Leopold" and on television in "RKO 281," "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" and "Spinning Boris."

Weller, who portrayed blunt ballplayer Shane Mungit in the Tony Award winner Take Me Out under director Mantello, was last seen in the world premiere of Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry. The actor was also seen on Broadway in The Little Foxes, The Rehearsal and Off-Broadway in The Country Club, Plunge and The Shape of Things — as well as the latter's screen adaptation.

Alda will take on the role of Shelly Levene, originated on Broadway by Robert Prosky and played in the 1992 film version by Jack Lemmon. Schreiber will portray Richard Roma, the role played to Tony Award-winning success by Joe Mantegna on Broadway and earned Al Pacino and Academy Award nomination on film. Weller plays John Williamson, originated by J.T. Walsh on Broadway and performed by Kevin Spacey in the movie.

Director Mantello earned two successive Tony Awards for his direction of Take Me Out and Assassins. Other stagings include Wicked, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Design For Living, Proposals, Love! Valour! Compassion!, A Man of No Importance, The Vagina Monologues and the upcoming Laugh Whore.

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