Despite the cancellation of the first two preview performances on February 27 and 28, the previews for Three Tall Women, the Broadway debut of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1994 drama, began on March 1. The show, which stars Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill, is still set to open on March 29 at the Golden Theatre.
The autobiographical play made its debut in 1994 at the Vineyard Theatre. Albee based it on his upbringing in New England and his rejection by his adoptive parents after coming out as gay. The three women have no names, just A, B, and C. After having won two Oscars for Women in Love and A Touch of Class and having been a Labour MP in the UK for 23 years, Glenda Jackson returns to Broadway in the role of A, an rich woman in her 90s with dementia. After having recently been nominated for an Oscar for Lady Bird and also after returning to the role of Jackie on TV’s Roseanne that earned her three Emmys, Laurie Metcalf is joining in the role of B, A’s caretaker. Joining them is Tony Award-nominee Alison Pill as C, who takes care of A’s legal affairs. In the first act, B and C listen to A’s disjointed ramblings about her life, her childhood, her marriage, and her estrangement from her gay son. In the second act, B and C become younger versions of A.
The director of show is Joe Mantello, who, among his long list of theatre credits, directed both the stage and screen versions of Love! Valour! Compassion! Its producer, Scott Rudin, has a long list of Broadway and Hollywood credits in addition to having an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, which is an achievement that very few people are able claim, and he was the first producer who can do so. The show has been produced before in New York in an off-Broadway production, in Vienna, Austria, and twice on London’s West End, and it marked a return to form for Albee. But it is only now that it is finally coming to Broadway in a production full of award winners both on and off the stage.