Negotiations are underway for Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre to stage Abby Mann's courtroom drama, Judgment at Nuremberg, in New York in the fall. A spokesman for the show said the production would begin some time in October. John Tillinger will direct. No theatre has been selected, but the Lyceum, home of other NAT shows, is a possibility.
This will mark the NAT's first venture since Night Must Fall, which closed on Broadway in the spring of 1999. Since its first two seasons, in the early '90s, the NAT has operated in a more casual manner, presented a play whenever the needed elements and talent were brought together. Past productions have included The Gin Game and Inherit the Wind.
Tillinger, whose most recent credit was the short-lived Suite in Two Keys Off-Broadway, has almost become the house director for the NAT. For the company, he has mounted, Inherit the Wind, Night Must Fall, The Sunshine Boys and Three Men on a Horse.
Judgment at Nuremberg began life at a television production. It was subsequently made into a film starring Spencer Tracy, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Maximilian Schell and Marlene Dietrich.
The NAT commissioned Mann to adapt his own script for the stage.