PHOTO CALL: The Best Man, With Star-Studded Cast, Plays Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: The Best Man, With Star-Studded Cast, Plays Broadway
The Best Man, Gore Vidal's 1960 play about a U.S. presidential election, gets its second Broadway revival — and a starry one, at that — beginning previews March 6 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night is April 1.

Michael Wilson (Dividing the Estate, The Orphans' Home Cycle) directs an ensemble that includes two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones (Fences, The Great White Hope), Tony and Emmy Award winner John Larroquette (as candidate William Russell), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown"), Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack (as candidate Sen. Joseph Cantwell), Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray), Drama Desk Award winner Michael McKean (The Pajama Game, Superior Donuts) and five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury (Mame, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World) with Curtis Billings, Corey Brill, Tony Carlin, Donna Hanover (as a journalist), Sherman Howard, Olja Hrustic, Bill Kux, James Lecesne, Dakin Matthews (as a senator), Angelica Page, Fred Parker Jr. and Amy Tribbey.

Here's how the producers bill The Best Man: "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."

John Gromada composes music for the production. The design team includes Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning scenic designer Derek McLane, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner, five-time Tony Award-nominated costume designer Ann Roth and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Gore Vidal's The Best Man is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and INFINITY Stages. 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.

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.

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