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Is the ART’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ headed to Broadway?

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith in the ART production of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

Michael J. Lutch

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith in the ART production of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

Will “The Glass Menagerie” be the latest American Repertory Theater production to head to Broadway? That’s the buzz in the theater world, which last spring watched “Menagerie” director John Tiffany and his hit musical “Once,” developed at the ART, win a raft of Tony Awards.

The ART could not immediately be reached for comment on speculation that Tiffany’s revival of the Tennessee Williams classic will go to Broadway sometime in the spring. In a report this week, The New York Times quoted an unnamed theater executive who said the ART was in talks with commercial producers about a transfer.

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Just last season, the ART’s production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” moved to Broadway and won two Tonys. This April, ART artistic director Diane Paulus will open on Broadway with “Pippin,” which played in Cambridge earlier this year.

Given its star-studded cast, which includes Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Zachary Quinto as her son Tom, and Celia Keenan-Bolger as her daughter Laura, talk of a Broadway run has dogged this “Glass Menagerie” since before it opened this month. Keenan-Bolger left “Peter and the Starcatcher” on Broadway to appear in “Menagerie.” After her last “Starcatcher” performance Dec. 30, codirector Roger Rees, playwright Rick Elice, and the full cast gave a tribute to her onstage, bidding her farewell. Elice told the audience that she would soon be back on Broadway, as “Glass Menagerie” was coming in the spring. She grinned and waved him off, protesting, “No, it’s not!”

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