The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Cherry Jones

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Two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, who is currently starring on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, celebrates her birthday Nov. 21. To mark the occasion, the Playbill Vault looks back at some of the most notable roles of her Broadway career.

Jones made her Broadway debut in Stepping Out, about a group of amateur tap dancers preparing for a performance at a charity gala. The cast included Carole Shelley, Don Amendolia and Carol Woods.

Directed by Tommy Tune, the play opened on Jan. 11, 1987, at the John Golden Theatre and ran for 73 performances.

Read the Stepping Out Playbill here.

Four years later, Jones won critical acclaim in Our Country's Good, Timberlake Wertenbaker's adaptation of the Thomas Keneally novel The Playmaker. She played the dual roles of the Reverend Johnson and Liz Morden and earned her first Tony Award nomination.

The play opened at the Nederlander Theatre on Apr. 29, 1991, and ran for 48 performances.

Read the Our Country's Good Playbill here.

In 1995, Jones starred as Catherine Sloper opposite Philip Bosco as Dr. Austin Sloper in a revival of The Heiress. Also included in the cast were Katie Finneran, Frances Sternhagen and Jon Tenney.

The show received strong reviews and ran for 340 performances at the Cort Theatre. For her performance, Jones won the 1995 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Read the The Heiress Playbill here.

Her next career highlight came in the 2000 revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten. Jones played Josie Hogan opposite co-star Gabriel Byrne as James Tyrone, Jr.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times praised the show and its actors: "Every time Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne make physical contact in the heart-stopping new production of A Moon for the Misbegotten,  the floodgates open to a tide of clashing emotions." Jones received her third Tony Award nomination for her performance.

Read the A Moon for the Misbegotten Playbill here.

After appearing in Major Barbara and Imaginary Friends, Jones starred in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. She played the formidable nun Sister Aloysius in a cast that comprised Brían F. O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh and Adriane Lenox.

The production opened on Mar. 31, 2005, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. It won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, and Jones received her second Tony Award. The play was later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.

Read the Doubt Playbill in the Vault.

Jones is currently starring as Amanda in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The cast features Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian J. Smith and Zachary Quinto in his Broadway debut.

The production is scheduled to run through Feb. 23, 2014, at the Booth Theatre.

Read the The Glass Menagerie Playbill here.

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