NBC will present a live-performance of Aaron Sorkin’s riveting play A Few Good Men, and the production has found its Colonel Nathan Jessup. Alec Baldwin, popular actor (and recent double Emmy nominee) will take on the role of the formidable officer who is part of a cover-up in the death of an enlisted man. A Few Good Men will perform live sometime in the second quarter of 2018 (date to-be-announced).
“Alec is one of our greatest actors. Having him play this role — live onstage for a television audience — is a dream come true. This will be a brand-new take on Nathan Jessep and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms,” Sorkin said.
Alec Baldwin has appeared on Broadway in the plays Orphans, Twentieth Century, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money, and Loot. One can revel in his zany antics on the television show 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy. Among his myriad film roles, some standout performances include The Departed (2006), The Cooler (2003, Oscar nomination), Outside Providence (1999), The Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Working Girl (1988), and Beetlejuice (1988). He is currently best-known for his Emmy-nominated performances satirizing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and as the ribald host of The Match Game.
“Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, A Few Good Men centers on newbie military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who comes up against the formidable Col. Jessep when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder.” A Few Good Men originally played on Broadway in 1989, starring Tom Hulce. A 1992 film version of the play directed by Rob Reiner starred Jack Nicholson as Jessup, with Tom Cruise leading the cast as Lt. Daniel Kaffee.
“A Few Good Men marks NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years since the network began reinvigorating live programming in 2013 with the hugely popular production of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood. That was followed by musicals Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live! as well as next season’s live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.