The Glass Menagerie Recoups on Broadway
While Broadway is one heck of a business to work in, for producers, it’s a hard one to make money in. While many Broadway shows are used to bringing in large audiences and grosses each week, much of that money is split up leaving very little left in the profit portion of the budget producers look to fill once they have recouped their entire initial investment. As investments for Broadway shows keep growing, the chance of recouping for many is a light at the end of a very very long tunnel. While we do see productions recoup, it is usually the large-scale musicals that bring in packed houses night after night filled not only with New Yorkers but tourists visiting New York looking for that musical theatre experience. Plays do recoup but it is so far in-between that it seems marvelous when one does. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Glass Menagerie has recouped its initial investment for Broadway!
The Glass Menagerie is a play written by Tennessee Williams that tells of Amanda, a mother of two, living in a small apartment in St. Louis. The story focus on the lives of the family and just how delicate they are. All of them, small glass figures in a larger than life world, work together so precisely so they avoid cracks in the foundation of their very lives. Amanda pushes her son Tom to find a gentleman caller for her crippled daughter Laura. However, when the gentleman caller arrives, everything that isn’t meant to happen does. Sending cracks through their own lives made of glass, The Glass Menagerie is a story of family, hope, loss and proves just how fragile our own very lives are.
The exciting news has broken that The Glass Menagerie has recouped it’s initial Broadway investment of $2.6 million dollars. The Glass Menagerie transferred to Broadway after a previous engagement at the American Repertory Theatre last winter. The production was originally slated to play Broadway September 5th, 2013 through January 5th, 2014. However, due to increased sales and critical success, the production has extended itself through February 23rd. The production is currently playing at The Booth Theatre on 45th street. The production stars Tony Award winner Cherry Jones as Amanda, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, Zachary Quinto as Tom and Brian J. Smith as the gentleman caller.
The production is directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany who is best known for staging Once in 2011 on Broadway. For this production, Tiffany has reunited his entire creative team from Once. The production team also includes Bob Crowley as scenic and costume designer, Natasha Katz as lighting designer and Clive Goodwin as sound designer. For this production Tiffany has also used Nico Muhly as composer to create original music and Steven Hoggett to stage movement. The production is produced by Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart and the A.R.T.
It is so truly remarkable when a drama recoups its money on Broadway. While we do see this often with larger than life musicals, plays that recoup say something to the theatrical world. They say “We are here for a reason.” There are so very few of them that actually do, we have noticed a trend with straight plays that recoup on Broadway. Whether they are new drama or old drama, or they were written 50 years ago or 5 years ago, they tell stories of those we can relate to. Stories we still experience today. Stories that still make us these people we see on the very stage in front of us. While this may be the 7th time The Glass Menagerie has been produced in New York, with the most recently being in 2010, I think the critical success of this piece not only highlights the talent of its cast but the importance of its story.
Congratulations to the cast and crew behind the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie! We have not gotten the chance yet to check out this wonderful new take on this American classic but are excited to experience this beautiful piece before it disappears from Broadway soon. For more information, visit The Glass Menagerie’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!