Producer Kenwright holds play's worldwide rights
The Hartford Stage’s recent production of “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Elizabeth Ashley and Andrew McCarthy, appeared to be Broadway bound until the producing team discovered worldwide rights are held by London producer Bill Kenwright.
Producer Jeffrey Richards confirmed that he and his partners (who worked on last season’s “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” starring Ashley) were set to move the Tennessee Williams classic to Gotham. Michael B. Rothfeld, Raymond J. Greenwald, Darren Bagert and Norma Langworthy were joined with Richards on the project.
“Kenwright was very nice, but he wants to do the play in London,” said Richards.
Jessica Lange, who starred in Kenwright’s recent West End production of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” has been mentioned to play Amanda.
Wendy Morris, Lange’s spokesperson at PMK, said the London-based producer had been in talks with the actress about the play. However, if Lange were to return to the U.K., the “Menagerie” production would be well into the future.
Kenwright could not be reached for comment.
Lange was to reprise her role in “Long Day’s Journey” on Broadway this season, opposite Brian Dennehy, with another producer, David Richenthal. The actress ultimately did not commit to the revival, citing schedule conflicts.
Ashley is currently starring in “The Glass Menagerie” at Houston’s Alley Theater. As with the Hartford production, Michael Wilson directs.