Producers have announced a limited engagement on Broadway of the highly praised revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie that played American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earlier this year.
With its September opening date, the production makes the second Broadway transfer in a year for ART, currently under the artistic direction of Diane Paulus. Her production of Pippin opened at the Music Box Theatre on Thursday night to mostly ecstatic reviews (one rare holdout: Times critic Ben Brantley).
Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto are probably best known around the country as President Allison Taylor on TV’s 24 and everyone’s favorite Vulcan, Mr. Spock, in the rebooted Star Trek film series. And while the pair are great in shoot-‘em-up action entertainments on the screen, they also have serious chops as trained stage actors. Jones pulled down her most recent passel of raves and awards in New York (including a Tony) for 1995’s Doubt. Her first Tony, a decade earlier, rewarded her heartbreaking performance in The Heiress (a triumph proved more impressive this year with Jessica Chastain’s difficulty in nailing the role).
Quinto made waves two seasons ago as the self-involved gay character Louis Ironson in Signature Theatre Company’s high-profile Off-Broadway revival of Angels in America. A few months later, he publicly came out himself, with a profile in New York Magazine. And in fact, both he and Cherry Jones have made names for themselves as leaders in the gay equality movement in recent years.
The production that brings them to town this fall carries with it a number of additional super-pros. In the role of the shy, club-footed Laura, will be Celia Keenan-Bolger, who played a bossy spitfire in Peter and the Starcatcher prior to its move from Broadway to Off. And lucky theatergoers in Seattle and Chicago will remember her as the ravishing Clara in pre-Broadway engagements of The Light in the Piazza. John Tiffany, the director behind Broadway’s Once, will helm the project, with an assist from longtime collaborator and movement director Steven Hoggett.
If the Times review from the Cambridge production is any indication, a hit could be in the work s. Ben Brantley wrote that Cherry Jones was “perhaps the greatest stage actress of her generation,” “more than you hope for,” and “magnificently human.” And Quinto? “The finest Tom I’ve ever seen.”