Al Pacino’s portrayal of the cutthroat salesman Ricky Roma in the film version of “Glengarry Glen Ross” earned an Oscar nomination. Now he’ll try for a Tony.
He’s set to star in a Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.
The action is set in a Chicago real estate office where men of varying character–and character flaws–are pitted against each other to sell sketchy real estate to unsuspecting customers.
Pacino will be switching characters for the stage. He’ll play Shelley “The Machine” Levene, a once-successful salesman now in a long running slump and fearful of losing his job.
The role went to Jack Lemmon in the movie. The character is more diminutive compared with Pacino’s Roma, who is the office’s top “closer.”
The “Glengarry” revival, will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, according to The New York Times.
Pacino is a Broadway veteran. He last starred in 2010’s The Merchant of Venice, earning a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Shylock. The play was also directed by Sullivan.
“Glengarry” first appeared on stage in 1984, ran for 378 shows and garnered four Tony nominations. The original cast included Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Robert Prosky, Lane Smith, James Tolkan, Jack Wallace and J. T. Walsh. Mantegna won its only Tony for best featured actor.
It was revived in 2005 with Liev Schreiber and Alan Alda playing Roma and Levene respectively.
Pacino is currently filming the gangster comedy “Stand Up Guys” opposite Christopher Walken.