In his Broadway debut, Zachary Quinto finds Tennessee Williams hiding inside The Glass Menagerie’s Tom Wingfield.
Zachary Quinto has pretty much cornered the market on Portraits of an Icon as a Young Man. Most notably there was Spock: The Early Years, in the “Star Trek” films, and now, arriving Sept. 26 at the Booth Theatre, is the Tennessee Williams classic, The Glass Menagerie—it’s Tennessee: The Early Years.
In Menagerie he answers to the name of Tom Wingfield, but it’s a thin veil at best, hiding a poetic dreamer who is the family bread-winner, toiling meaninglessly in a warehouse to bring home the bacon for his mama, Amanda (Cherry Jones), and his crippled sister Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger). On one melancholy occasion, after much Amanda-badgering, he brings home a gentleman caller (Brian J. Smith) for his painfully shy sister to try on for size. The memory of that night is the cross he bears.
“To play Tom—which is the clearest distillation of Tennessee Williams himself—at this time in my life is perfect,” declares Quinto. “I’m just a little older than he was when he wrote the play, so I’m in very close relationship to a lot of the themes and issues he was struggling with that led him to this play. To me, that’s a great gift as an actor—to enter into a role and an experience with that kind of foundation.”
So, I went ahead and added blu-ray quality of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ in the gallery. The movie will be available in UK next Monday (September 2) and US next September 10 (plus On Demand, Netflix, iTunes & etc).
It’s being reported that Blu-Ray extras will be divided up among various retailers. The DVD has no extras, and the US/UK version has seven featurettes. No deleted scene, no commentary, or trailers. It seems the German version will have different extras, so, it can be a good thing to wait and see.
I’ve been reading mixed reviews about the movie but I have to say that I really enjoyed it, specially when it comes to their acting job. Zach (as always), Chris and Benedict (as well the whole cast) did an amazing job on here. So, enjoy the caps, and be aware about possible spoilers if you didn’t see the movie yet.
Zach will be at Live with Kelly and Michael on Wednesday, September 4 to chat about making his Broadway debut. LIVE airs in syndication at 10 a.m. EST.
Thanks BroadwayWorld for the heads up!
Some videos from yesterday’s The Glass Menagerie Meet the Press surfaced and you now can find them in our video archive.
Also, the website New York Theater has some cool Q&A with the cast members, including the revelation that none of them was impressed with Tennessee Williams’ play when they first read it in school. It was Tiffany’s production that turned Zachary’s view around.
The cast of American Repertory Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie met the press today to welcome the acclaimed revival to Broadway. Directed by John Tiffany, the drama stars two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Zachary Quinto as Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as The Gentleman Caller. Opening at the Booth Theatre on September 26, The Glass Menagerie begins previews on September 5.
Check in our gallery some HQ pictures of the cast on the meeting: