Tony Award nominee Edie Falco has been cast as determined defense attorney Leslie Abramson on NBC’s new limited series Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.
Falso will play the real-life attorney who defended brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, age 21 and 18, who were convicted in 1996 (after three trials) of murdering their parents. Their story will be told in the eight-episode series. Broadcast dates were not announced.
Abramson represented the brothers through the three trials and claimed the brothers had suffered a lifetime of abuse from their parents.
Falco, who earned her Tony nomination (and a Drama Desk Award) for playing the desperate wife Bananas in the 2011 Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves opposite Ben Stiller, has won three Emmy Awards for playing Mafia wife Carmela Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, and a fourth Emmy for playing the title role on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.
On Broadway, Falco earned a Theatre World Award for her 1998 debut in Side Man, starred opposite Stanley Tucci in the 2002 Broadway debut of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and co-starred in the 2004 revival of ’night Mother.
Watch Playbill.com’s interview with her about her stint in House of Blue Leaves: