Al Pacino’s return to Broadway in David Mamet‘s play “China Doll” has set its Broadway dates and theater, lining up a November opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.
Pacino is one of Broadway’s most consistent box office draws, one of a only a few actors who are sure-thing sales magnets. (Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington also make the short list.) The production seems likely to have extra luster for ticket buyers due to Pacino’s longstanding relationship with Mamet. Most recently he starred in Mamet’s HBO film “Phil Specter,” and on Broadway he starred in the 2012 revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” as well as a 1983 staging of “American Buffalo.” The actor also toplined the 1992 film version of “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
“China Doll” producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler have previously teamed with Pacino on “Glengarry” as well as “The Merchant of Venice.” They’ve also brought new Mamet plays to Broadway including “November” and “The Anarchist.”
Pam MacKinnon (“A Delicate Balance,” “The Heidi Chronicles”) helms “China Doll” in a run that begins previews Oct. 20 ahead of a Nov. 19 opening.