It appears Al Pacino will be heading back to Broadway for the 2012-2013 season, reports the New York Times.
Pacino hasn’t appeared on Broadway since 2010, when he worked with director Daniel Sullivan on “The Merchant of Venice.” Reports indicate that the two will work together once again, this time on the revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Pacino is set to play Shelly “The Machine” Levene in the production.
If the rumors are true, this would be the second time Pacino has been involved in a production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He also was in the 1992 film adaptation of the play. However, in that version Pacino played Ricky Roma, a hotshot in the Chicago real estate office where the play is set.
The lead producer of the “Glengarry” revival, Jeffrey Richards, would not comment on the news that Pacino is involved in the production, though the New York Times cites two anonymous sources with inside information on the matter. The sources requested anonymity because the revival is not yet official and because negotiations with several actors are currently ongoing.
“Glengarry” was first performed on Broadway back in 1984, opening on March 25 and running for almost exactly 11 months after. That production was nominated for four Tony Awards, and Joe Mantegna won for featured performance for his portrayal of Roma. A revival was held in 2005, and starred Alan Alda in the role of Shelly Levene and Liev Schreiber as Roma. Both were nominated for Tonys for their roles, and Schreiber won. That production also won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play.
The play takes place over two days in the lives of four Chicago real estate agents, and shows the sometimes unethical and illegal lengths they will go to as part of their jobs.