LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week

By Michael Gioia
September 5, 2012

Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.



Concluding Sept. 9

Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre). The new Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man — about candidates seeking the presidential nomination of their political party at a convention — is directed by Michael Wilson. The current cast includes John Stamos, Kristin Davis, Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley and Angelica Page as well as the production's original stars, 2012 Tony nominee James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Jefferson Mays and Mark Blum (who replaced the injured Michael McKean). Here's how the producers bill it: "A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal's The Best Man is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party's nomination during the primary season. It's 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." Visit TheBestManOnBroadway.com.

Rent (Off-Broadway at New World Stages). Jonathan Larson's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, helmed by the musical's original director, Michael Greif, centers on a group of bohemian artists and friends living in the AIDS-era East Village. The cast includes Anthony Fedorov as Roger, Josh Grisetti as Mark, Shaleah Adkisson as Joanne, Nicholas Christopher as Collins, Emma Hunton as Maureen, Rashad Naylor as Benny, MJ Rodriguez as Angel and Natalie Wachen as Mimi. Visit SiteForRent.com.