Glenn Close to Return to Broadway in 'A Delicate Balance'

3:43 PM PST 05/15/2014 by David Rooney
Mary Rozzi
Glenn Close

The three-time Tony winner will star with John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 drama.

Glenn Close will return to Broadway after a 20-year absence this fall, headlining a revival of Edward Albee's caustic dark comedy of existential fear and loss, A Delicate Balance.

Directed by Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony Award last season for her staging of another Albee classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the production will play an 18-week limited engagement. It begins previews on Oct. 20 at the Golden Theatre, with official opening set for Nov. 20.

Close heads an all-star cast as Agnes, with John Lithgow as her husband Tobias, Lindsay Duncan as Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire, Martha Plimpton as the daughter returning home after her fourth failed marriage, and Clare Higgins and Bob Balaban as the upper-middle-class couple's best friends.

Premiered on Broadway in 1966, A Delicate Balance won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and is widely considered to be among the playwright's masterworks.

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The original production starred Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Marian Seldes. The play was last presented on Broadway in 1996, with Rosemary Harris, George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch, winning a Tony for best revival.

The cast of the upcoming revival has an impressive collection of Tonys among them. In addition to Close's three, for The Real Thing (1984), Death and the Maiden (1992) and Sunset Boulevard (1995), Lithgow has won two, for The Changing Room (1973) and Sweet Smell of Success (2002), while Duncan won in 2002 for Private Lives.

The production will be produced by Scott Rudin, who is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony-nominated revival of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington, and the long-running musical smash, The Book of Mormon.

Rudin also recently announced a Broadway production for the fall of Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 play This Is Our Youth, to star Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, opening on Sept. 11.

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