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'12AM' comes home to Gotham

On paper, it looked like one of the sleepier entries of the 2004-05 season: A 1950s teleplay was set to make its Broadway debut after being recycled as a 1957 movie and a fave stage play at community theaters. Miraculously, Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” clicked with crix and auds, and went on to set the longevity record at the American Airlines Theater. “I’d like to say I wasn’t surprised by the reception, but I can’t,” says director Scott Ellis. Prior to its New York preem, the project elicited few comments from his friends. “Most people didn’t say anything. Much later, they said they wondered why I was doing it,” says Ellis. “Luckily, I didn’t know what people really thought.”

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