Back in Session: Twelve Angry Men Tour, with Thomas, Lines Up Second Year of Stops

News   Back in Session: Twelve Angry Men Tour, with Thomas, Lines Up Second Year of Stops As previously reported, the national tour of Twelve Angry Men, starring Richard Thomas, will continue for another year; cities for the second season have now been announced.

"It's highly unusual for a straight play to enjoy such tremendous success with touring audiences and we are very excited that the demand for the show allows us to tour for a second year," said Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes. The show marks the first touring production for the not-for-profit organization.

The presentation launched from New Haven, CT's Shubert Theater Sept. 19, 2006, and played in 19 cities nationwide. New dates include stops in Cleveland, Toronto, Costa Mesa, Portland, Hartford, Ft. Lauderdale and Charlotte.

Scott Ellis (Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Little Dog Laughed) — who directed the Broadway run — staged the classic Reginald Rose jury-room drama for the tour.

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 11 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.

Roundabout expects to maintain the ensemble cast for the second year of the tour. No casting beyond Thomas has been announced. The announced stops for the tour include:

  • Lexington, KY (Oct. 5-7) - Opera House
  • Tampa, FL (Oct. 9-14) - Tampa Bay PAC
  • San Antonio, TX (Oct. 16-21) - Majestic Theatre
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 23-28) - Heinz Hall
  • Detroit, MI (Oct. 30-Nov. 18) - Fisher Theater
  • Cleveland, OH (Nov. 27-Dec. 9) - Playhouse Square
  • Toronto, ON (Jan. 8-Feb. 10, 2008) - Princess of Wales
  • Des Moines, IA (Feb. 12-17, 2008) - Civic Center
  • Tempe, AZ (Feb. 19-24, 2008) - ASU Gammage
  • Costa Mesa, CA (Feb. 26-March 9, 2008) - OCPAC
  • Portland, OR (March 11-16, 2008) - Keller Auditorium
  • Grand Rapids, MI (March 18-23, 2008) - DeVos Hall
  • Hartford, CT (March 25-30, 2008) - The Bushnell
  • Indianapolis, IN (April 1-6, 2008) - Murat Center
  • Kansas City, MO (April 8-13, 2008) - Music Hall
  • Wilmington, DE (April 15-20, 2008) - DuPont Theater
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 22-May 4, 2008) - Broward Center
  • Nashville, TN (May 6-11, 2008) - TPAC
  • Charlotte, NC (May 27-June 1, 2008) - Belk Theater 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.

    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 — deemed a revival, though the first time the work was 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.

    For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.12angrymentour.com.

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