Producer Scott Rudin confirmed June 6 that two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field and two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello will return to Broadway next season in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, which will begin previews February 14, 2017, prior to an official opening March 23 at the John Golden Theatre.
Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the production, which will also star Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris, who will be making her Broadway debut in the role of Laura Wingfield.
“To say this is a dream come true is an understatement,” Field said in a statement. “Working with the best of the best, from Sam Gold to Joe Mantello to Scott Rudin, on one of the greatest plays ever written is beyond thrilling. Right now I can barely breathe. Hopefully that'll pass.”
Gold first directed this production of Menagerie with a Dutch cast at Toneelgroep Amsterdam in an engagement that garnered rave reviews.
Gold said, “The experience I had doing this play in Amsterdam was life-changing, and the fact that we’ve managed to put together this cast to do it on Broadway is the most perfect outcome I could have imagined. Like any sane person, I’ve been hoping for Sally Field to carve out some time to do a play again. When I saw her Mary Todd Lincoln, I started dreaming of her as Amanda Wingfield. As for Joe Mantello, seeing that original production of Angels in America, in which he starred, was a great source of inspiration for me at the time. Because Joe is such a wonderful director, he has had very little time to act. I'm incredibly lucky that he has agreed to come back to the stage to play Tom.”
The Glass Menagerie will feature the entire design team from the Toneelgroep Amsterdam production, including Andrew Lieberman (scenic design), Wojciech Dziedzic (costume design), Adam Silverman (lighting design) and Bray Poor (sound design).
Field previously played the role of Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield in 2004 for the Kennedy Center, where she was directed by Gregory Mosher. She made her Broadway debut in the replacement cast of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and won Academy Awards for her performances in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart.
It was an especially busy season for Tony-winning director Mantello, who helmed the Broadway premiere of An Act of God, starring multiple Emmy winner Jim Parsons (and now, in its return engagement, Sean Hayes); the critically acclaimed The Humans, which earned six Tony nominations, including a Best Direction of a Play nod for Mantello; and the Broadway revival of Blackbird, which received three Tony nominations, two for its Hollywood co-stars and one for Best Revival of a Play.
The most recent Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie featured Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto and was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play. Lighting designer Natasha Katz won a Tony for that production, which was directed by John Tiffany.