Richard Thomas-George Wendt in 'Twelve Angry Men'
TWELVE ANGRY MEN STARRING Richard Thomas AND George Wendt, MARKS DRAMATIC 2006-2007 SEASON FINALE PRESENTED BY STANFORD BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA MIAMI AT CARNIVAL CENTER'S ZIFF BALLET OPERA HOUSE MAY 15 20
TWELVE ANGRY MEN starring Richard Thomas and George Wendt, marks a dramatic season finale for Stanford Broadway Across America presented by Moet Chandon at Carnival Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House May 15 20.
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets range from $20.00 - $63.00 not including applicable handling or service charges. Purchase tickets only from the following authorized ticket sellers at Broadway Across America Miami, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts or Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased in person through Carnival Center Box Office or by phone at 305-949-6722 or online at www.carnivalcenter.org. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster phones at 954-523-3309 in Broward, 305-358-5885 in Dade, and 561-966-3309 in Palm Beach or at www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster outlets. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling the Broadway Across America at 1-800-6GROUPS (647-6877) of Carnival Center at 305-949-6722.
TWELVE ANGRY MEN premiered in New Haven, Connecticut at the Shubert Theatre September 19 th , 2006, and continues in markets nationwide during its 32-week national tour. This is the first touring production for the not-for-profit organization. Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of the searing courtroom drama, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, was the longest running production at their home, the American Airlines Theatre, running for 32 weeks. This production marked the first time the show was ever seen on a Broadway stage. Its record-breaking run earned three Tony Award nominations and unanimous praise from the critics. "The undeniable hit of the Broadway dramatic season!" raved Jesse McKinley ( New York Times). John Simon ( New York Magazine) proclaimed it "A classic in the making!" and Michael Kuchwara ( Associated Press) described it as, "Exhilarating! An absorbing theatrical experience."
In TWELVE ANGRY MEN, a young delinquent awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. Twelve jurors are corralled in a room for their deliberations in a murder trial. One juror feels that there is a "reasonable doubt" - to the frustration of his eleven colleagues - thereby preventing a quick verdict. During the heated debate, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face himself.
"Twelve Angry Men," originally written as a teleplay that appeared in 1954 on CBS' drama series "Studio One," was one of the brightest jewels of television's Golden Age. The story was subsequently made into a major motion picture in 1957. Reginald Rose, who would go on to create and write scripts for the television series, "The Defenders," wrote a stage version in 1964. In 1997, Showtime, in response to questions about "reasonable doubt" raised during the OJ Simpson trial, produced a new movie version with a racially diverse cast.
Since his Broadway debut in Sunrise At Campobello in 1958, Richard Thomas has appeared on the New York stage countless times, most recently in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's A Naked Girl On The Appian Way, and last season in Michael Frayn's Democracy and As You Like It in Central Park. He has performed a variety of classical roles around the country, including Hamlet, Richard III and Peer Gynt for Mark Lamos (Hartford Stage); Richard II for Michael Kahn (the Shakespeare Theatre), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dreamand Angelo in Measure for Measurefor Sir Peter Hall (the Ahmanson); The Count of Monte Cristofor Peter Sellars (Kennedy Center);and Danton's Deathfor Robert Wilson (the Alley). He also appeared twice in Artin London's West End. Mr. Thomas has starred in over forty films for television including Terrence McNally's "Andre's Mother" and the upcoming "Wild Hearts" for Hallmark. His television series have included "It's A Miracle," "Just Cause" and "The Waltons," for which he won an Emmy Award in 1972.
George Wendt is best known to television audiences as Norm Peterson from "Cheers." The role earned him six Emmy® nominations. Mr. Wendt began his career with The Second City, Chicago's famed improvisational company. He starred in Art,both on Broadway and in London in 1998. Mr. Wendt appeared in the critically acclaimed stage production of David Mamet's Lakeboat, which was directed by Joe Mantegna, and frequently performs onstage in New York, Los Angeles and his native Chicago. His feature film credits include Forever Young, Guilty By Suspicion, Fletch, Gung Ho, Rupert's Land, and Outside Providence. Last year he starred in the Nickelodeon pilot "The Robertson's Greatest Hits." Most recently he hosted the A&E show "House of Dreams" and had an arc on the ABC series "The George Lopez Show." On the feature front, he recently starred in the indie films Kids in Americaand King of the Ants. He is currently working on the half hour WB/Jerry Bruckheimer series "Modern Man."
Joining previously announced cast members Richard Thomas (Juror #8) and George Wendt (Juror #1) will be Randle Mell (Juror #3), Charles Borland (Juror #6), Todd Cerveris (Juror #2), T. Scott Cunningham (Juror #12), Julian Gamble (Juror #10), Jeffrey Hayenga (Juror #4), David Lively (Juror #11), Alan Mandell (Juror # 9), Mark Morettini (Juror #7), Patrick New (Guard) and Jim Stouros (Juror #5.)
The design team for TWELVE ANGRY MEN includes: Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Paul Palazzo (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).
TWELVE ANGRY MEN is directed by Scott Ellis, the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company. For Roundabout, he has directed the recent production of Entertaining Mr. Sloanewith Alec Baldwin, Chris Carmack, Richard Easton and Jan Maxwell. Past Roundabout Broadway productions include Twelve Angry Men (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), The Look of Love, Rodgers & Hart's The Boys From Syracuse, Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All The Luck(Roundabout & Williamstown), The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), Company (Tony nom .), She Loves Me(Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, Tony nom), Picnic(Outer Critics nom.) and A Month In The Countrywith Helen Mirren. Additional Broadway directing credits include The Adventures of Tom Sawyerand Steel Pier(Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Tony nom.) and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane.TWELVE ANGRY MEN is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, one of the country's leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals, as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today's audiences. Under the continuing leadership of Artistic Director Todd Haimes, Roundabout is dedicated to the community of artists and loyal audience members that have made it one of New York's most popular not-for-profit cultural institutions. Roundabout Theatre Company productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org
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