‘November’ to debut on Broadway

Mamet election drama set for Jan. 2008

“November,” a new comedy by David Mamet about the days preceding a presidential election, will preem on Broadway in January in a production helmed by Joe Mantello.

Mantello (“Wicked”) directed the Tony-winning 2005 revival of Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” “Glengarry” producing duo Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel (“Spring Awakening,” “Talk Radio”) produce “November,” with rehearsals to begin in late November for a mid-January opening.

Set a few days before the election, the five-character play follows the misadventures of a day in the life of U.S. president Charles Smith.

Scott Pask will design the set. No casting has been announced.

Last Mamet play to bow directly on Broadway was “Speed-the-Plow,” produced by Lincoln Center Theater at the Royale in 1988. Most recent new Rialto outing for the scribe was a 1997 production of “The Old Neighborhood,” originally produced at American Repertory Theater in Boston.

More recently, Mamet’s comedy “Romance” was a hit at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater in 2005. This season the Atlantic produced a popular engagement of the playwright’s adaptation of “The Voysey Inheritance.”

Scribe, who has never won a Tony, nabbed a Pulitzer in 1984 for “Glengarry.”

“November” will arrive on Broadway in a Shubert theater to be determined.

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