Curtain Call: Lowe, Parker, Smith and More Stage Stars Return to "The West Wing" for Final Shows

News   Curtain Call: Lowe, Parker, Smith and More Stage Stars Return to "The West Wing" for Final Shows Stage stars Rob Lowe, Mary-Louise Parker, Anna Deavere Smith, Gary Cole, Timothy Busfield and Tim Matheson will return to reprise their roles on NBC's "The West Wing" as the series leads up to its May 14 finale.

The Emmy Award-winning drama series ends its seventh and final season this year. Also returning to the show for the final five episodes will be Emily Procter, Marlee Matlin and Annabeth Gish.

Lowe (London's A Few Good Men), Parker (Proof Tony Award winner), Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992), Cole and Matheson (Off-Broadway's True West), Busfield (Broadway's A Few Good Men) rejoin the cast which now features fellow stage brethren Alan Alda (Glengarry Glen Ross), Jimmy Smits (Anna in the Tropics), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked) and Mary McCormack (Cabaret).

"The West Wing," which centers on the titular area of the White House, stars Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet. The show features many performers with stage experience including regulars Allison Janney (A View From the Bridge), Dulé Hill (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk), Bradley Whitford (A Few Good Men), Richard Schiff (The Exonerated), Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men), the late John Spencer (Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine) and Tony Award winner Stockard Channing (Joe Egg).

Other recent (some recurring) guest stars have included Lily Tomlin (The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe), John Goodmnn (Big River), Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard), Joanna Gleason (Into The Woods), Harry Groener (Crazy For You), Kate Burton (Hedda Gabler), Cherry Jones (The Heiress), Dylan Baker (Eastern Standard) and Taye Diggs (Rent).

"The West Wing" is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. Wells serves as the executive producer along with Christopher Misiano, Alex Graves, Lawrence O'Donnell and Peter Noah. A Few Good Men playwright Aaron Sorkin is the creator. The hour-long drama "The West Wing" airs on NBC Sunday nights at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings. For more information, visit www.nbc.com/thewestwing.