PHOTO CALL: Meet the Cast of Broadway's The Glass Menagerie, With Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto
By Joseph Marzullo
The American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, starring Tony winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto, will begin Broadway previews Sept. 5 at the Booth Theatre. The cast and director met the press on Aug. 20.
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 officially opens Sept. 26 for a limited, 17-week run through Jan. 5, 2014. The complete A.R.T. cast will return to their roles for the Broadway transfer. Tickets are now on sale.
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. Original music is composed by Nico Muhly, with movement by Steven Hoggett.
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 producers, "Amanda Wingfield (Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Quinto) to find a 'gentleman caller' for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production."
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 is produced by Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart, and the A.R.T.
Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of the Booth Theatre, which is located at 222 W. 45th Street.
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