Angela Lansbury Says Goodbye to The Best Man on July 22

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22 Jul 2012

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Stephen Paley

Broadway favorite and Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury sheds her role of an influential women's advocate in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man on July 22. Waiting in the wings is Elizabeth Ashley, who takes on the role of Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge starting July 24.

For her work in the Michael Wilson-directed revival of the political drama, octagenarian Lansbury was nominated for featured actress awards by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk. Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner for her work in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame. She was also nominated for her turns in the revival of A Little Night Music and Terrence McNally's play Deuce.

View a Photo Archive of Lansbury's work on Broadway.  

The Best Man's recent cast addition include Cybill Shepherd and Kristin Davis (in their Broadway debuts) and John Stamos. Performances play to early September at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

 

Angela Lansbury in The Best Man.
photo by Joan Marcus



The newcomers replaced, respectively, Candice Bergen as a presidential candidate's troubled wife, Kerry Butler as the spitfire Southern wife of another candidate and Eric McCormack as a heartless and oily candidate.

Original cast members James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Jefferson Mays and recent cast addition Mark Blum remain with the production through its final performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sept. 9. Performances for the limited engagement began March 6.

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.