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‘Glass Menagerie’ Books Broadway’s Booth Theater

Revival starring Zachary Quinto joins a fall slate of starry plays in Gotham

The Broadway transfer of “The Glass Menagerie,” toplined by Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, has snagged the Booth Theater for its upcoming Gotham run, beginning previews at the venue Sept. 5.

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.

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