I was in a production of Glengarry Glen Ross when I was in college. I played Shelly Levene. I killed. I absolutely killed.
So I’m somewhat offended that director Daniel Sullivan and producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel didn’t tap me for the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s masterpiece, Glengarry Glen Ross.
After all, I am available.
Nonetheless, the creative team still managed to scrap together a fairly decent ensemble.
Al Pacino will play “Shelly Levene” (Jack Lemmon’s character in the movie) and Bobby Cannavale will play “Ricky Roma” (Al Pacino’s character in the movie). Recently announced cast members include David Harbour, Richard Schiff, and Jeremy Shamos.
Who, am I kidding! That’s an awesome cast. If you don’t get excited over that collection of talent you shouldn’t be going to the theatre.
Harbour will be playing the role of “John Williamson.” Schiff will make his Broadway debut as “George Aaronow.” And Shamos has been tapped to play “James Lingk.”
By the way, Alex Baldwin’s character “Blake” only appears in the 1992 film adaptation. The role was written especially for him.
Al Pacino – Interestingly, he won his Best Actor Oscar for Scent of a Woman the same year he was nominated for his role in the Glengarry Glen Ross movie.
Bobby Cannavale – Played “Vince D’Angelo” on “Will & Grace.” Tony Award Nominee for “The Mother******” With The Hat” and “Maunritus.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for his work in “Nurse Jackie.”
David Harbour – Tony Award nominee for revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2005). He Also appeared with Pacino in a recent production of “The Merchant of Venice.”
Richard Schiff – Emmy Award winner for playing “Toby Zeigler” on “The West Wing.”
Jeremy Shamos – Tony Award nominee for “Clybourne Park” (2012).
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play will sell Glengarry Glenn Ross tickets at the Gerald Schoenfield Theatre beginning Nov. 11, 2012 (previews begin Oct. 16, 2012).
This revival celebrates the play’s 30th anniversary. Mamet wrote it in 1982. It debuted in London in 1983 and on Broadway in 1984.
The original U.S. production starred the great Joe Mantegna and ran for 378 shows.
Glengarry Glen Ross was revived in 2005 with an all-star cast of Alan Alda, Live Schreiber, Frederick Weller, Gordon Clapp, Jeffrey Tambor, and Tom Wopat. The production won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and Best Featured Actor (Schreiber).
The play is set in Chicago and deals with four real estate agents who will do anything to sell dubious plots of lands. Mamet examines the American dream with passion and honesty. He exposes the lengths people will sink to make sure they stay on top.
“First prize is a new Cadillac. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”
To create this oeuvre, Mamet drew from real life experiences. In the late 1960s, he worked at a real estate office in Chicago.
By the way, the playwright has a new work coming out this fall. It’s called The Anarchist. It too is being produced by Richards and Frankel.