Revival starring Zachary Quinto joins a fall slate of starry plays in Gotham
Quinto makes his Broadway debut on the heels of the release of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the tentpole pic lined up for a potential $100 million bow. He appeared in the well-received production earlier this year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. The entire cast of that staging — Cherry Jones (“24″), Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith — reprise their roles for the Rialto stint.
“Menagerie” also marks the latest Broadway gig for director John Tiffany, the “Once” helmer who co-directed the Alan Cumming solo version of “Macbeth,” currently playing a run at the Barrymore Theater.
The revival of the 1945 Tennessee Williams play, the first since the 2005 staging toplined by Jessica Lange and Christian Slater, joins a fall play slate that already includes starry non-musicals including “Betrayal” with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, “Romeo and Juliet” starring Orlando Bloom and a repertory bill of “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land” starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
The combined appeal of well-known performers and a familiar title rep one of the least financially risky endeavors on Broadway. Still, in a competitive season slate, star-driven revivals don’t always guarantee big business, as evidenced by the current Alec Baldwin topliner “Orphans,” which closes May 19 after disappointing sales.
“Glass Menagerie” is set for a 17-week Broadway run that opens Sept. 26. The current occupant of the Booth Theater, the Bette Midler vehicle “I’ll Eat You Last,” shutters June 30.