The 2014-15 season on Broadway is shaping up to be just as starry as the current one, with Glenn Close now confirmed for a fall opening in a Rialto revival of “A Delicate Balance” that will also star John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton.
Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins will also appear in the 1966 Edward Albee play in a production that marks Close’s first return to Broadway in 20 years, following her 1994 stint in “Sunset Boulevard” (and not counting a quickie appearance as the “mystery guest star” in “The Play What I Wrote”). Pam MacKinnon, who picked up a Tony last season for her revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” directs.
The production will be the second this fall from Scott Rudin (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Book of Mormon”), who’s also got “This Is Our Youth” on tap starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. Other big-name attractions during the coming Broadway season include Hugh Jackman in “The River,” Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” and Ewan McGregor in “The Real Thing,” among other titles.
In “Delicate Balance,” Close plays Agnes, who with her husband (Lithgow) tries to keep it together in the face of destabilizing houseguests including their daughter (Plimpton), Agnes’ alcoholic sister (Duncan) and two family friends (Balaban, Higgins). The play was last seen on Broadway in a 1996 Lincoln Center Theater revival that won three Tonys.
The new staging of “A Delicate Balance” begins previews Oct. 20 ahead of a Nov. 20 opening at the Golden Theater, where “”Mothers and Sons” is now scheduled to run through July 6.