Scott Ellis (Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Little Dog Laughed) stages the classic Reginald Rose jury-room drama as the first touring production for the Roundabout Theatre Company. The show launches from New Haven, Connecticut’s Shubert Theater Sept. 19.
The anonymous deciding dozen line up as follows George Wendt (Art) as Juror #1, Todd Cerveris (Twentieth Century) as Juror #2, Randle Mell (The Rainmaker, Noises Off) as Juror #3, Jeffrey Hayenga (The Elephant Man) as Juror #4, Jim Saltouros (Sideman - Steppenwolf Theatre) as Juror #5, Charles Borland (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Juror #6, Mark Morettini (London Suite) as Juror #7, Richard Thomas (Democracy) as Juror #8, Alan Mandell (The Beard of Avon) as Juror #9, Julian Gamble (Invention of Love) as Juror #10, David Lively (Henry IV - Chicago Shakespeare) as Juror #11 and T. Scott Cunningham (Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Juror #12. Patrick New (Time of Your Life) will perform as a guard.
Set in a jury room,Twelve Angry Men tells the story of a murder trial in which a youth is alleged to have killed his father. The case seems like an open-and-shut situation as eleven of the unnamed jurors believe the defendant to be guilty. Juror #8, however, is not so certain, stirring up the room and setting off a number of arguments.
The current tour lineup (subject to change) includes:
Miami PAC (May 15-20, 2007) - Miami, FL Thomas — known for his Emmy Award-winning turn as John-Boy in "The Waltons" — recently appeared on Broadway in Roundabout's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. Other stage credits include As You Like It, Democracy, The Stendahl Syndrome, Tiny Alice, Love Letters, The Front Page, Fifth of July and The Seagull.
Wendt is known to television audiences for his six-time Emmy Award-nominated turn as Norm Peterson from "Cheers." The Chicago Second City veteran has appeared on stage in Art (on Broadway and in London) as well as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and ABC's television musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
The design team — from the original Broadway production — includes Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Paul Palazzo (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).
The Broadway run of Twelve Angry Men — a revival, though the first time the work has been staged on Broadway — began previews Oct. 1, 2004 and opened Oct. 28 at the American Airlines Theatre for a scheduled engagement through Dec. 19. The popular show, however, extended its run seven times before finally closing May 15, 2005.
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