Al Pacino will return to Broadway to star in David Mamet'S acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. PACINO, who was nominated for an Oscar for portraying the role of Ricky Roma in the film version, will now take on the role of Shelly Levene. Tony Award-winning director, Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist, The Merchant of Venice, Time Stands Still, Proof) will direct.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS will have set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Homecoming, Wicked) and costume design by Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein (Newsies, The Rivals, The Merchant of Venice).
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 12th, with previews beginning on Tuesday, October 16th and an official opening date set for Sunday, November 11th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).
This production marks the 30th year anniversary of the play, which Mamet wrote in 1982. It premiered in the 1983-1984 season at the Royal National Theatre in London. That same year, it made its American debut at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before moving to Broadway's Golden Theatre where it ran for a total of 378 performances.
The stakes are high at a fly by night Chicago real estate office: 1st prize- a new Cadillac, 2nd prize- a set of steak knives, 3rd prize- you're fired! GLENGARRY slices to the core of the American dream and exposes the depths people will go to stay on top of the game. Mamet himself worked in a real estate office in Chicago in 1969 setting up appointments for salesmen, and the play is influenced by the cutthroat politics he encountered.
PACINO and MAMET most recently worked together on the HBO Phil Spector biopic, written and directed by Mamet and starring Pacino and Helen Mirren. It will premiere in 2013.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and JAM Theatricals who produced the 2005 Tony Award winning revival and subsequently worked with Mamet, producing November, Speed-The-Plow, A Life in The Theatre and Race. Richards and Frankel will be producing the new David Mamet play, The Anarchist this fall on Broadway.
Al Pacino made his professional acting debut off-Broadway, after studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. He has won two Tony Awards for his starring roles in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? He is a longtime member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company of Boston, and has appeared in Numerous New York, London and Los Angeles productions including: American Buffalo, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Salome, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Chinese Coffee, and Hughie.
He directed and starred in the film Looking for Richard, a meditation on Shakespeare's Richard III, which he conceived and directed (and for which he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a documentary award from the Director's Guild of America). He most recently starred in the Broadway production of Merchant of Venice.
In 2007, 20th Century Fox released An Actor's Vision, a four-DVD set including Looking for Richard and two other plays Pacino directed for the screen, Chinese Coffee and The Local Stigmatic, along with Babbleonia, an overview of Pacino's career, his body of work and his perspectives on acting.
Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, he was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, he received the Cecil B. De Mille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001 and the American Cinematheque Award in 2005. In June of 2007, he received AFI's highest honor for a career in Film, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pacino recently directed an independent documentary based on Oscar Wilde's Salome, titled Wilde Salome. This mixture of documentary, fiction, and improvisation is based on behind-the-scenes footage from his stage show.