The current American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Glass Menagerie” in Cambridge, Massachusetts may be coming to Broadway soon.
The New York Times reports that an unnamed theater executive said that the A.R.T. is in talks with at least one Broadway producer about a transfer. If a financial deal can be struck, the timing will depend on the availability of a Broadway theater, most of which are booked through this summer. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transfer also depends on the availability of the current cast.
The current prodcution is directed by John Tiffany, and opened to rave reviews on February 6. Tiffany won a Tony Award as director of “Once.” The production stars Tony-winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Amanda’s daughter Laura, and Zachary Quinto as Amanda’s son Tom.
One of the Broadway producers, the A.R.T. is said to be in talks with is Jeffrey Richards, who worked with the group last season for the successful transfer of the Tony-winning “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.” Both the A.R.T. and Richards have declined to comment on the matter. However, Richards, as well as several other theater producers and investors, have seen the Cambridge production and executives say Richards is enthused about a transfer.
Here’s how the A.R.T. describes the current production:
While Amanda Wingfield desperately struggles to provide her fragile daughter with at least one “gentleman caller,” her son, Tom, dreams of escaping from his job at a warehouse and his oppressive life at home. An exquisite family drama filtered through Tom’s memory, ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is staged by John Tiffany, the acclaimed director of the international sensations, ‘Black Watch,’ and the Broadway musical, ‘Once.’
If the production does come to Broadway, it will be the seventh major revival of the play since it premiered in 1945.