The Glass Menagerie on Broadway Starring Academy Award Winner Sally Field and Joe Mantello 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie starring Academy Award winner Sally Field, Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, Finn Wittrock, and Madison Ferris; directed by Sam Gold. The Belasco Theatre, New York, now in previews with an opening night set for March 9, 2017.
Academy Award winner Sally Field. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer to national attention catapulting him from obscurity to fame, and in Williams own words, “changed my life irrevocably” when it premiered on Broadway March 31, 1945 in the Playhouse Theatre and played there until June 29, 1946. It then moved to the Royale Theatre from July 1, 1946, until its closing on August 3, 1946. More than 70 years later, Williams’ most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
Menagerie is a memory play receiving seven decades of countless stage productions. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Rose. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller. The play premiered in Chicago in 1944. After a shaky start it was championed by Chicago critics Ashton Stevens and Claudia Cassidy, whose enthusiasm helped build audiences so the producers could move the play to Broadway where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. The Glass Menagerie was Williams’s first successful play; he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights.
Sally Field began her career in television, starring on the sitcoms Gidget (1965–66) and The Flying Nun (1967–70). Her films include Smokey and the Bandit 1977 and Norma Rae 1979, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her second Academy Award for Best Actress was for Places in the Heart 1984. Field was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Forrest Gump 1994. She starred as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln 2012, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award. She is a multi Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award winner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joseph Mantello is an Italian-American stage and film actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of Wicked, Take Me Out, and Assassins, as well as earlier in his career being one of the original Broadway cast of Angels in America. His film work includes The Normal Heart and Love! Valour! Compassion! Mantello is a two-time Tony Award and two-time Drama Desk Award winner.
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