Always Be Closing: New Starry Glengarry Glen Ross Opens on Broadway May 1

News   Always Be Closing: New Starry Glengarry Glen Ross Opens on Broadway May 1
David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross gets a new Broadway staging at the hands of director Joe Mantello and stars Alan Alda, Jeffrey Tambor and Liev Schreiber with Gordon Clapp, Frederick Weller Tom Wopat and Jordan Lage when the revival opens on Broadway May 1.
Alan Alda in Glengarry Glen Ross
Alan Alda in Glengarry Glen Ross

Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out) directs the Mamet work, which began previews at the Royale Theatre April 8 and will play its limited engagement through Aug. 28.

Glengarry Glen Ross follows the cutthroat world of real estate where salesmen are vying for the best leads to make the biggest sales. The drama is known both for its concise rhythms and its terse and often blue language. As actor Alda jokingly understates, "You may be surprised to know there are some very bad words in it." (For more from the entire cast, visit's "Meet the Salesmen" feature.)

The male ensemble who populate the new Broadway cast includes Alan Alda (QED, "M*A*S*H") as the flailing Shelly Levene, Jeffrey Tambor (Sly Fox, "Arrested Development") as meek George Aaronow, Liev Schreiber (Henry V, "Scream") as flashy hotshot Richard Roma, Gordon Clapp ("NYPD Blue," "Moonlight Mile") as hot-tempered Dave Moss, Tom Wopat (Annie Get Your Gun, "The Dukes of Hazzard") as the sales pidgeon James Lingk, Frederick Weller (Take Me Out, "The Shape of Things") as hard-nosed office manager John Williamson and Jordan Lage (The Best Man, "The Spanish Prisoner") as the detective Baylen.

The design team of Glengarry Glen Ross will feature Santo Loquasto, who created the brutally utilitarian office set of the second act, Laura Bauer (costumes) and Kenneth Posner (lighting).

The play was originally produced on Broadway in 1984 under the direction of Gregory Mosher following London and Chicago runs. (Take a look inside the original Playbill with the Playbill Archives feature.) The drama earned Mamet the Pulitzer Prize and was later adapted by the scribe for the 1992 film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. The producing team includes Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, JAM Theatricals, Boyett Ostar Productions, Ronald Frankel, Philip Lacerte, Stephanie McClelland/CJM, Barry Weisbord, Zendog Productions in association with Herbert Goldsmith Productions by special arrangement with Roundabout Theatre Company.

Mamet's newest play Romance closes May 1 at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theatre Company — which he co-founded with actor William H. Macy. Other works he has penned include Speed the-Plow, American Buffalo, Oleanna, Cryptogram, The Old Neighborhood, Boston Marriage and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. His screenplays include "State and Main," "The Spanish Prisoner" and "Heist."

Glengarry Glen Ross will perform at Broadway's Royale Theatre, located at 242 West 45th Street.

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