The Glass Menagerie, With Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, Will Arrive on Broadway in September
By Adam Hetrick
The American Repertory Theater's acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto, will begin Broadway previews Sept. 5 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.
Staged by Tony Award-winning Once director John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie opened Feb. 6 at A.R.T. Critics, including the New York Times, lavished praise on the production. The engagement concluded March 17 in Cambridge, MA.
The Broadway production will play a limited, 17-week run with the complete A.R.T. cast returning to their roles. An official opening night has been announced for Sept. 26.
Jones, who plays Amanda Wingfield, earned Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt. The cast also features Quinto (Angels in America, "Star Trek") as narrator son Tom, Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher, Spelling Bee) as sister Laura and Brian J. Smith (The Columnist, Come Back Little Sheba) as the Gentleman Caller.
The Glass Menagerie reunites Tiffany's Tony Award-winning Once creative team. It has scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Clive Goodwin.
For the new staging, Tiffany and designer Crowley created a series of platforms depicting the Wingfield apartment, which appear to float over a pool of black liquid.
According to A.R.T., "The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams' poetic masterpiece, anchored by the aging southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect 'gentleman caller' for her shy and damaged daughter Laura."
The last New York production of Menagerie was in 2010, starring Tony Award winner Judith Ivey. The Roundbout Theatre Company transferred that production, which premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre. The A.R.T. engagement will mark the seventh major revival of the play since its 1945 premiere.
The revival will be produced by Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart, and the A.R.T.
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