Sally Field (Hello, My Name Is Doris) will play Amanda Wingfield, one of the American theater’s most resonant leading roles, in a Broadway revival next season of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie produced by Scott Rudin. Rudin’s announcement Monday comes fast on the heels of his announced plans to bring Angela Lansbury back to Broadway next season as well, in a revival of The Chalk Garden, and Bette Midler, in a revival of Hello, Dolly!
Rudin has six productions in contention for Tony Awards next Sunday. He also makes movies.
The Glass Menagerie will be staged by Sam Gold (Fun Home), with director Joe Mantello (The Humans, Blackbird, An Act Of God and Wicked currently running on Broadway) returning to the boards to play Amanda’s son (and Williams’ stand-in) Tom. The production will also star Madison Ferris in her Broadway debut as Laura Wingfield, and Finn Wittrock (The Big Short) as The Gentleman Caller.
The Glass Menagerie is slated to begin performances at the Shubert Organization’s Golden Theatre on Valentine’s Day, February 14, with an official opening night set for March 23, 2017.
Field, a two-time Oscar winner, previously appeared on Broadway in Edward Albee’s The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? She played Amanda Wingfield in a 2004 Kennedy Center revival. “To say this is a dream come true is an understatement,” Field said in the announcement. “Working with the best of the best, from Sam Gold to Joe Mantello to Scott Rudin, on one of the greatest plays ever written is beyond thrilling. Right now I can barely breathe. Hopefully that’ll pass.”
Gold previously directed this production with a Dutch cast at Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam. “The experience I had doing this play in Amsterdam was life-changing, and the fact that we’ve managed to put together this cast to do it on Broadway is the most perfect outcome I could have imagined,” he said in the announcement. “When I saw her Mary Todd Lincoln [in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln], I started dreaming of her as Amanda Wingfield. As for Joe Mantello, seeing that original production of Angels In America, in which he starred, was a great source of inspiration for me at the time. Because Joe is such a wonderful director, he has had very little time to act. I’m incredibly lucky that he has agreed to come back to the stage to play Tom.”
The revival will feature the entire design team from the Toneelgroep Amsterdam production including Andrew Lieberman (set), Woiceich Dziedzic (costumes), Adam Silverman (lighting) and Bray Poor (sound).