Broadway's Best Man Votes in Cybill Shepherd, Kristin Davis, John Stamos and Elizabeth Ashley

By Kenneth Jones
12 Jun 2012

John Stamos
John Stamos
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Gore Vidal's The Best Man will give Cybill Shepherd and Kristin Davis their Broadway debuts this summer when they — along with John Stamos and Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley — join the company of the star-packaged political drama at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The performers will replace, respectively, Candice Bergen as a presidential candidate's troubled wife, Kerry Butler as the spitfire Southern wife of another candidate, Eric McCormack as a heartless and oily candidate and Angela Lansbury as a women's advocate in the revival directed by Michael Wilson.

Shepherd (of TV's "Cybill" and "Moonlighting"), Stamos (TV's "Full House" and Broadway's Bye Bye Birdie, Nine, How to Succeed…) and Davis ("Sex and the City") will begin performances on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 PM. Ashley (Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Dividing the Estate, Barefoot in the Park) will begin on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 PM. The exits of the originating stars happen the Sunday prior to the new cast members' starts.

Original cast members James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Jefferson Mays and recent cast addition Mark Blum remain with the production through its final performance on Sept. 9.



The production was recently nominated for a 2012 Tony Award as Best Revival of a Play, with an additional nomination for James Earl Jones as Best Leading Actor.

The company also includes Curtis Billings, Corey Brill, Tony Carlin, Donna Hanover, Sherman Howard, Olja Hrustic, Bill Kux, James Lecesne, Dakin Matthews, Anjelica Page, Fred Parker, Jr. and Amy Tribbey.

The 1960 play "is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party's nomination during the primary season." Expect "an inside look at the dirt-digging, double-dealing, triple-crossing chicanery of presidential electioneering and what could be more fun in a presidential campaign season than these theatrical fireworks."

The Best Man was originally scheduled to play through July 8, and has been extended twice. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is at 236 W. 45th Street. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

For more information, visit thebestmanonbroadway.com.