Is Glengarry Glen Ross, Starring Al Pacino, Staking Out Real Estate on Broadway?
By Kenneth Jones
Al Pacino wants to play Shelly Levene in a new Broadway production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, the acidic comic-drama about desperate real estate men. The New York Times reported on June 12 that a production is in the works, citing unnamed Broadway producers.
The play won the Pulitzer Prize for its look at the underbelly of American salesmanship. Pacino played salesman Ricky Roma in a film version of the play that has had two separate lives on Broadway (in 1984 and 2005). Pacino earned an Academy Award nomination for playing Roma.
The Times reported that a 2012-13 Broadway target is being sought for the revival, to be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, The Columnist, Pacino's The Merchant of Venice).
There has been no official announcement about the production. The Times said that Jeffrey Richards, who has a track record with Mamet on Broadway (Race, A Life in the Theatre starring Patrick Stewart, 2008's Speed-the-Plow and the 2005 Glengarry, which won the Best Revival Tony), is a lead producer of this new Glengarry revival. On June 10, Richards won the Tony for Best Musical Revival for producing The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Richards was the press rep of the original 1984 producton. (Playbill sought a comment from him about the new Mamet revival on June 12.)
Glengarry Glen Ross follows the cutthroat world of real estate where salesmen (in a Chicago office) are vying for the best leads to make the biggest sales. The drama is known both for its rapid-fire dialogue and profane language.
The play was originally 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.
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