Bobby Cannavale Will Join Al Pacino in Broadway Revival of Glengarry Glen Ross
By Andrew Gans
Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale will play the role of Ricky Roma opposite Al Pacino's Shelly Levene in the new Broadway production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, producers announced June 21.
Previews for the acidic comic-drama about desperate real-estate men will begin Oct. 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with an official opening Nov. 11.
The play won the Pulitzer Prize for its look at the underbelly of American salesmanship. Pacino played salesman 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 upcoming production will be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, The Columnist, Pacino's The Merchant of Venice).
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 will produce with Jerry Frankel, also a lead producer of the Tony-winning Porgy and Bess, and Jam Theatricals. Richards and Frankel will also produce the new Mamet play, The Anarchist, starring Tony winner Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, this fall on Broadway.
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.)
The revival will have set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Homecoming, Wicked) and costume design by Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein (Newsies, The Rivals, The Merchant of Venice).
Bobby Cannavale is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. He received the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, as well as a Tony nomination, for his performance in The Motherf**cker with the Hat. He made his Broadway debut in 2008 in Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius (Tony nomination). He also received rave reviews in the 2005 Off-Broadway revival of Hurlyburly. His many television appearances include “Nurse Jackie,” “Modern Family,” “Will & Grace” (Emmy Award), “Six Feet Under” and the starring role in “Cupid.”
Ticket information will be announced at a later date.
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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