By Kenneth Jones
19 Jul 2012
Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist, The Merchant of Venice, Time Stands Still, Proof) directs the darkly comic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about sharks in a real estate office. Previews begin on Oct. 16 prior to an official opening of Nov. 11 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Harbour, playing John Williamson, is a Tony Award nominee for the 2005 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and appeared with Pacino in The Merchant of Venice; Schiff, who won an Emmy Award for playing Toby Zeigler on the hit TV series "The West Wing," will make his Broadway debut playing George Aaronow; Shamos, a 2012 Tony nominee for Clybourne Park, will play James Lingk. As mentioned, Academy Award winner Al Pacino ("Scent of a Woman") will play Shelly Levene, and Tony and Emmy nominee Cannavale (The Motherfucker With the Hat, Mauritius, "Nurse Jackie") will play Richard "Ricky" Roma.
Here's how the play is billed: "The stakes are high at a fly-by-night Chicago real estate office: 1st prize — a new Cadillac, 2nd prize — a set of steak knives, 3rd prize — you're fired! Glengarry Glen Ross slices to the core of the American dream and exposes the depths people will go to stay on top of the game. Mamet himself worked in a real estate office in Chicago in 1969 setting up appointments for salesmen, and the play is influenced by the cutthroat politics he encountered."
Glengarry Glen Ross will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Jam Theatricals, who produced the 2005 Tony Award-winning revival and subsequently worked with Mamet, producing November, Speed-the-Plow, A Life in the Theatre and Race. Richards and Frankel will be producing the Mamet's new play, The Anarchist, this fall on Broadway.
Pacino played salesman Roma in a film version of Glengarry. Pacino earned an Academy Award nomination for playing the fierce Roma. The drama has had two earlier lives on Broadway (in 1984 and 2005).
The drama known for its rapid-fire dialogue and profane language was first produced on Broadway in 1984 under the direction of Gregory Mosher following London and Chicago runs. The drama was later adapted by Mamet for the 1992 film starring Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. (Pacino won his Best Actor Oscar in 1993, for "Scent of a Woman," in the same year he was nominated for the "Glengarry" film supporting role.)
Read about the original 1984 Broadway production of Glengarry Glen Ross, which was nominated for the Best Play Tony, in PlaybillVault.com.