Paulson was previously reported to be in talks to play the part, but the actress told Playbill On-Line columnist Harry Haun that she has been cast. The production is aiming for an opening in February 2005.
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."
Bill Kenwright — who financially recouped with the recent revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof — will produce the new staging of this other Williams gem, to be staged by David Leveaux. The long-rumored production will see the stage Feb. 12, 2005 toward a March 3, 2005 opening, according to a casting notice.
Lange is set to play Amanda Wingfield in the St. Louis-set drama.
Lange has 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." Director David Leveaux is currently represented on Broadway by the revival of Fiddler on th 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.