The Glass Menagerie, With Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, May Be Broadway Bound
By Adam Hetrick
The American Repertory Theater production of The Glass Menagerie, starring Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto, may be calling on Broadway, according to the New York Times.
Staged by Tony Award-winning Once director John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie opened Feb. 6. Critics, including the New York Times, lavished praise on the production. The engagement is scheduled to run through March 17 in Cambridge, MA.
The Times reports that producer Jeffrey Richards, who also transferred A.R.T.'s Porgy and Bess, has been in talks with executives there about bringing the Tennessee Williams classic to Broadway. A timeline for Menagerie's New York arrival is still murky; most Broadway theatres are booked for the coming season.
A representative for A.R.T. could not confirm to Playbill.com that discussions were underway for a Broadway transfer.
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. Should the A.R.T. engagement arrive in New York, it would mark the seventh major revival of the play since its 1945 premiere.
Jones, who plays Amanda Wingfield, earned Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt. The cast also featurez Zachary Quinto (Angels in America, "Star Trek") as narrator son Tom, Celia 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.
For the new staging, Tiffany and designer Crowley have created a series of platforms depicting the Wingfield apartment, which appear to float over a pool of black liquid.
According to A.R.T., "The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams' poetic masterpiece, anchored by the aging southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect 'gentleman caller' for her shy and damaged daughter Laura."
For tickets visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.
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