The Glass Menagerie, With Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Returns to Broadway Sept. 5

By Adam Hetrick
05 Sep 2013

Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger
Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger
Photo by Michael J. Lutch

Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto enter the fragile world of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, staged by Tony Award winner John Tiffany, which begins Broadway previews Sept. 5 at the Booth Theatre.

Williams' poignant 1945 memory play about an overbearing mother and her fragile daughter, a relationship inspired by his own mother and sister, returns to Broadway after a premiere at the American Repertory Theater last winter. Critics praised the production.

For the new staging, Tiffany and designer Crowley created a series of platforms depicting the Wingfield apartment, which appear to float over glimmering pools of black liquid. The Glass Menagerie will officially open Sept. 26 for a limited, 17-week run through Jan. 5, 2014. This is the seventh staging of The Glass Menagerie to be produced on Broadway.

In addition to staging Once, Tiffany is also the director of the acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland production of Black Watch and Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth, which played Broadway last season.



Jones, who plays Amanda Wingfield, earned Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt. "She is a heroine," Jones said, describing the character of faded belle Amanda in a Playbill magazine feature. "I never thought of her before as a heroine, but she absolutely is. She was left by her husband around 1920 and has had to survive the next 15 years or so with little children growing up, with no support, out of her element. What in the world did she do?" Read more here.

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.

"To play Tom—which is the clearest distillation of Tennessee Williams himself—at this time in my life is perfect," Quinto added. "I'm just a little older than he was when he wrote the play, so I'm in very close relationship to a lot of the themes and issues he was struggling with that led him to this play. To me, that's a great gift as an actor—to enter into a role and an experience with that kind of foundation."

Read the full interview here. 

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.

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 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.

Visit theglassmenageriebroadway.com.