Sally Field, Joe Mantello to Lead 'Glass Menagerie' Revival on Broadway
Tony-winning 'Fun Home' director Sam Gold will stage the Tennessee Williams drama, with Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris rounding out the cast and Scott Rudin producing.
Tennessee Williams' classic 1945 memory play The Glass Menagerie will be revived on Broadway for the seventh time early next year, with Sally Field and Joe Mantello heading the cast.
Scott Rudin will produce the drama, adding to a 2016-17 slate that already includes Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, and The Front Page with Nathan Lane and John Slattery. However, as was also reported Monday, the producer has dropped out of his involvement in the upcoming musical version of Groundhog Day.
Sam Gold, who won a Tony in 2015 for his production of Fun Home, will direct The Glass Menagerie at Broadway's John Golden Theatre, with previews beginning Feb. 14 and official opening set for March 23. Gold first directed the play in an acclaimed production in the Netherlands for the Dutch company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, with a different cast.
Field will play Amanda Wingfield, one of the great female roles of American drama, who lives in her illusions of an idealized past while struggling to hold her fragile family together in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement.
"To say this is a dream come true is an understatement," said Field, who was last on Broadway in 2002 in the Edward Albee play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? "Working with the best of the best, from Sam Gold to Joe Mantello to Scott Rudin, on one of the greatest plays ever written is beyond thrilling. Right now I can barely breathe. Hopefully, that'll pass."
Mantello will play Amanda's son and the play's narrator, Tom Wingfield, with newcomer Madison Ferris as his disabled sister Laura and Finn Wittrock as Tom's factory colleague Jim O'Connor, the Gentleman Caller.
A Tony nominee this year for his direction of The Humans, which also is produced by Rudin, Mantello's acting credits on Broadway include the original production of Angels in America and the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart, both of which earned him Tony nominations. He has won twice, for his direction of Assassins and Take Me Out.
The Glass Menagerie was last revived on Broadway in 2013, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto.