Josh Lucas Is Gentleman Caller in Broadway Menagerie

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The spring Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie has found its Gentleman Caller in Josh Lucas.
Josh Lucas
Josh Lucas

The actor was last seen on the New York stage in Terrence McNally’s controversial Corpus Christi at Manhattan Theatre Club—the same show that birthed the stage careers of New York regulars Jeremy Shamos (The Rivals) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Wicked). His other theatre credits include Christopher Shinn’s What Didn’t Happen at the Mark Taper Forum and The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Dallas Roberts, now in A Number opposite Sam Shepard Off- Broadway, will play Tom opposite Shepard's longtime romantic partner, Jessica Lange, in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. As expected, and first reported by Playbill On-Line, Sarah Paulson will be Laura.

The production, directed by David Leveaux, will begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre Feb. 24. Opening is March 15.

Roberts starred Off-Broadway in the recent revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This. He starred in the film "A Home at the End of the World," and will play music producer Sam Phillips in the upcoming Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line."

Paulson has taken supporting roles in such films as "What Women Want" and "Down With Love," and has starred in the short-lived television series "Jack & Jill" and "Leap of Faith." Lange appeared on Broadway in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche Du Bois opposite Alec Baldwin. The actress won Academy Awards for her roles in "Blue Sky" and "Tootsie" and she was also Oscar-nominated for her work in "Music Box," "Sweet Dreams," "Country" and "Frances."

Bill Kenwright — who financially recouped with the recent revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof — will produce the new staging of this other Tennessee Williams gem.

Director David Leveaux is currently represented on Broadway by the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. He has been Tony Award-nominated for his stagings of Jumpers, Nine, The Real Thing, Anna Christie and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Other Broadway credits include Betrayal and Electra.

The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre in 1945. Directed by Eddie Dowling and Margo Jones, the original production featured Laurette Taylor as Amanda, Eddie Dowling as Tom, Julie Haydon as Laura and Anthony Ross as Jim. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented the Tennessee Williams play this summer starring Sally Field as Amanda.

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