About The Glass Menagerie
After a critically praised run at the American Repertory Theatre of Cambridge, MA, this timeless classic by Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) returns to Broadway in a totally new interpretation by Tony-winning director John Tiffany (Once). Emmy and two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones (24, The Heiress, Doubt) stars as the fading Southern belle Amanda Wingfield struggling to hold together her family in a stifling St. Louis tenement. Zachary Quinto (Star Trek films) is her son Tom yearning to break from his possessive mother’s grasp and two-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) plays Laura, Amanda’s painfully shy and crippled daughter. Brian J. Smith (The Columnist, Come Back, Little Sheba) is the charismatic Gentleman Caller who might be the answer to the beleaguered Wingfields’ problems.
Tiffany will be joined by the award-winning team of Once including Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), and Clive Goodwin (sound). Original music is by celebrated composer Nico Muhly (the upcoming Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera).
Of the ART production, Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved “This Glass Menagerie is such a thorough rejuvenation of Tennessee Williams’ 1944 drama that I hesitate to call it a revival... With a top-notch cast of four… Ms. Jones, perhaps the greatest stage actress of her generation is both even more than you hoped for and not at all what you might have expected, and Mr. Quinto is the finest Tom I’ve ever seen.”
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
There is a concession stand in the lobby with candy, soda, cocktails, and show merchandise; no food or drink allowed in the theater; with a seating capacity of 766, the Booth is one of the more intimate Broadway houses.
Did you know?
In addition to the legendary Laurette Taylor in the original production, Amanda Wingfield has been played on the New York stage by Maureen Stapleton (1965 and 1975), Jessica Tandy (1983), Julie Harris (1994), Jessica Lange (2005), and Judith Ivey (2010).
On film and TV, the role has been played by Gertrude Lawrence (1950), Shirley Booth (1966), Katharine Hepburn (1973), and Joanne Woodward (1987).
American Repertory Theatre is also the home of such Broadway smashes as The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Once, and the current revival of Pippin.
Star Trek fans who only know Zachary Quinto as Spock will get a pleasant surprise seeing him scale the dramatic heights of Tennessee Williams. For those familiar with the playwright, John Tiffany’s new staging will offer a fresh, exciting perspective. Anyone who has seen Cherry Jones on Broadway or TV will want to see her tackle the iconic role of Amanda Wingfield.
Good for kids?
This Tennessee Williams drama is too mature for most young children, but those over the age of 12 should be able to handle it.
Booth Theatre Location Information:
222 W 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)
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