The Glass Menagerie premiered on March 31, 1945, launching the career of the young playwright Tennessee Williams. Laurette Taylor, one of the foremost actresses of the early 20th century, created the role of Amanda Wingfield in a critically lauded performance that would be her final Broadway appearance.
A decade later, The Glass Menagerie returned to Broadway. Maureen Stapleton reprised her role as Amanda Wingfield and Rip Torn played her son Tom.
In 1994, the Roundabout Theatre Company presented a revival starring Tony winner Julie Harris as Amanda and an unknown Calista Flockhart as Laura. Željko Ivanek and Kevin Kilner played Tom and the Gentleman Caller.
The most recent revival opened at the Barrymore Theatre on March 22, 2005. The all-star cast featured Jessica Lange as Amanda Wingfield, Christian Slater as Tom, Sarah Paulson as Laura, and Josh Lucas as the Gentleman Caller.