The Playbill Vault Remembers 70 Years of The Glass Menagerie

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The revival of The Glass Menagerie, now in previews at the Booth Theatre, marks the play's seventh Broadway appearance in as many decades.

The Playbill Vault revisits the play's history on the Broadway stage since its premiere 68 years ago:

The Glass Menagerie premiered on March 31, 1945, launching the career of the young playwright Tennessee Williams. Laurette Taylor, one of the foremost actresses of the early 20th century, created the role of Amanda Wingfield in a critically lauded performance that would be her final Broadway appearance. 

Read a vintage Playbill from the original production here.

The first Broadway revival came 20 years later to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The play starred George Grizzard as Tom, Piper Laurie as Laura, and Maureen Stapleton as Amanda.

Read the opening night Playbill from the 1965 production here.

A decade later, The Glass Menagerie returned to Broadway. Maureen Stapleton reprised her role as Amanda Wingfield and Rip Torn played her son Tom.

Read the opening night Playbill of the 1975 production here.

A 1983 revival, starring Tony Award winners Jessica Tandy and Amanda Plummer as Amanda and Laura Wingfield, played Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Read the 1983 opening night Playbill here.

In 1994, the Roundabout Theatre Company presented a revival starring Tony winner Julie Harris as Amanda and an unknown Calista Flockhart as Laura. Željko Ivanek and Kevin Kilner played Tom and the Gentleman Caller.

Read the opening night Playbill here.

The most recent revival opened at the Barrymore Theatre on March 22, 2005. The all-star cast featured Jessica Lange as Amanda Wingfield, Christian Slater as Tom, Sarah Paulson as Laura, and Josh Lucas as the Gentleman Caller.

Read the 2005 opening night Playbill here.

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