The actress has a history with Mamet, having performed his play, The Woods, in 1982 at The Second Stage opposite Peter Weller.
The Old Neighborhood in spring 1997 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Scott Zigler, who directed the A.R.T. company, is slated to direct the Broadway version, which will begin previews Nov. 11 and opens either Nov. 19 or 23, according to the League of American Theatres and Producers, at the Booth Theatre.
The Old Neighborhood consists of three autobiographical one-act plays set in and around Mamet's native Chicago. They are written in the mood of Mamet's Cryptogram, which also debuted at A.R.T.
The three interconnected plays are titled The Disappearance of the Jews, Jolly and D. [sic]. All three have one character in common, Bobby Gould. In all three plays, the middle-aged characters recall or revisit their childhoods in search of truth and understanding. Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, and is author of Oleanna, American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow The Water Engine, and many other plays.
LuPone, who has triumphed on Broadway in such musicals as Evita and Anything Goes, last appeared on The Great White Way when she succeeded Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally's Master Class. LuPone drew rave reviews for her portrayal of opera diva Maria Callas and then repeated her work in the London production.