PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Star-Studded Best Man With Corey Brill
By Matthew Blank
Corey Brill, who plays Don Blades in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, documented a busy two-show day at the theatre during the teary final weeks with original cast members Eric McCormack, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen and Kerry Butler, who have since departed the company.
Brill offers a look at his process of morning wakeup, leisurely commute to the theatre, pre-show rituals, between-show activities and backstage shenanigans. In the process, the actor captures some rare and humorous candid shots of the theatre legends and screen stars who join him onstage.
Shortly after this photo project, the company welcomed new cast members Cybill Shepherd, Kristin Davis and John Stamos. They 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. Elizabeth Ashley replaces Angela Lansbury as a women's advocate, beginning July 24.
Original cast members James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Jefferson Mays and recent cast addition Mark Blum remain with the production, staged by Michael Wilson, 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.
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