Twelve Angry Men ~ 10/30/04 ~ Broadway
Starring: Tom Aldredge , Mark Blum , Philip Bosco , Larry Bryggman , Robert Clohessy , Peter Friedman , Boyd Gaines , Kevin Geer , Michael Mastro , Matte Osian , John Pankow , James Rebhorn , and Adam Trese .
Beautiful production. Nicely filmed from the balcony. Also includes scanned Playbill info as well as review and interview from NY1 . (A-)
Staged in a 1964 London production, the Broadway debut came 50 years before the CBS aired the play on October 28, 2004, by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 328 performances.
This production marks the Broadway debut of the sharp screen script about 12 court-summoned jurors from various urban backgrounds who converge in a deliberation room on a hot summer day.
Twelve Angry Men was originally written as a teleplay by Reginald Rose for CBS, which first aired the drama on their Studio One series in 1954.
Most audiences are more familiar with the all-star Oscar-nominated Sidney Lumet film that came three years later or perhaps even the 1997 Showtime redo, which proved that the story is good enough to stand the passage of time.
In the taut drama, a young delinquent awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. One juror feels that there is a "reasonable doubt"--to the frustration of his 11 colleagues--thus preventing a quick verdict.
During the heated deliberations, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face himself. A line-up of New York's finest stage actors have come together to tell this powerful, timeless tale.