Design Team Announced for Broadway Revival of The Best Man

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The design team has been announced for the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, which will begin previews at a Shubert theatre to be announced March 6, 2012, with an official opening April 1.

The design team will be led by Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning scenic designer Derek McLane (33 Variations, Anything Goes), Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Part 2 – Shipwreck) and five-time Tony Award-nominated costume designer Ann Roth (The Book of Mormon).

Directed by Michael Wilson, the cast will feature the previously announced Candice Bergen, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette and Michael McKean.

Here's how the work is billed by the producers: "A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal's The Best Man was Vidal's second play following the success of his international comedy hit, Visit to a Small Planet. The Best Man will make its return to Broadway in its first major revival since its critically acclaimed run in 2000 which received a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play Revival. Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Darren Bagert (Infinity Stages), the producers of that production, will be reuniting to present the work…"

The play last appeared on Broadway in September 2000 starring Elizabeth Ashley, Charles Durning, Christine Ebersole, Spalding Gray, Michael Learned, Chris Noth, Mark Blum, Jonathan Hadary, and Jordan Lage. The production was honored with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play.

The Best Man originally ran on Broadway in 1960 and was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Play. Melvyn Douglas, portraying candidate William Russell, a former secretary of state, won the Tony Award for outstanding actor. The production ran for 521 performances.

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