Their play is called “Twelve Angry Men,” but behind the scenes, the cast of the Reginald Rose revival has been one big happy Broadway family at the American Airlines Theater. Not only do they hang out after the show, they’ve also banded together to renegotiate their salaries.
And why not? The Roundabout Theater Company recently asked for an unprecedented seventh extension, taking the show beyond its announced May 8 close.
It already has had quite a run. Last week, the drama about a 1950s jury put in its 124th perf, making it by far the biggest hit at Roundabout’s Broadway venue on West 42nd Street.
And the actors would like a piece of that success. From rehearsals in August through Jan. 17, each made $1,083 a week under the LORT contract. That rose to $2,200 a week under the Production Contract, with a $500 bonus for each eight-perf week that grosses more than $200,000, which it has done consistently. Last week’s gross was $295,780.
For the post-May 8 extension, the actors asked for a “modest increase.” Claiming the usual nonprofit financial constraints, Roundabout reportedly made a more modest counteroffer.
Then, on Thursday, the actors read a casting notice that had the Roundabout’s next production — W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Constant Wife” — going into the American Airlines Theater in “late May.”
Maybe May 8 really will be the final perf for the “Angry” cast.
A spokesman said Roundabout does not comment on financial matters.