Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out, Glengarry Glen Ross) stages the work, which will begin previews Dec. 20 and open Jan. 17, 2008, at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The box office at the Barrymore will open for business Nov. 26.
"Set just days before a major presidential election," as press notes reveal, "November involves civil marriages, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions."
In the world premiere, Tony Award winner Lane (The Producers, "The Birdcage") plays the incumbent U.S. President Charles Smith. Metcalf will play his aide Clarice Bernstein, and Baker (Mauritius, "Spider-Man 3") will take on the role of presidential adviser Archer Brown.
The design team will feature Scott Pask (scenic), Paul Gallo (lighting) and Laura Bauer (costumes).
Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his drama Glengarry Glen Ross. Other works include Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Romance, Boston Marriage, The Old Neighborhood and The Voysey Inheritance. His screenplays include "The Verdict," "Wag the Dog," "State and Main," "The Spanish Prisoner" and "The Untouchables."
The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Ave.). A production note warns: "May be inappropriate for 14 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre."