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James Earl Jones Will Lead Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN on Broadway in 2012


The New York Times reports today that following his stint in DRIVING MISS DAISY, James Earl Jones will be hanging around Broadway a bit longer, assuming the role of Arthur Hockstader in the revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man." The production is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012. Orphan's Home Cycle director Michael Wilson will helm the revival. The plot centers around chief executive Hockstader trying to decide which presidental nominees to support: William Russell and Joe Cantwell.

Last week, producer Jeffrey Richards announced that returning to Broadway in 2012 will be Gore Vidal'S THE BEST MAN.

A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal'S THE BEST MAN will be directed by Michael Wilson, who recently directed the acclaimed epic production of Horton Foote's The Orphans Home Cycle Part I,II and III at The Signature Theatre Company as well as the recent Dividing The Estate on Broadway. Gore Vidal'S THE BEST MAN was Vidal's second play following the success of his international comedy hit, Visit to a Small Planet. 

Gore Vidal'S THE BEST MAN last played on Broadway in September of 2000 starring Elizabeth AshleyCharles DurningChristine Ebersole, Spalding Gray,Michael LearnedChris NothMark BlumJonathan Hadary, and Jordan Lage. The production was honored with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Gore Vidal'S THE BEST MAN originally ran on Broadway in March of 1960 and was nominated for 6 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.

Gore Vidal. Vidal is recognized as one of our foremost authors and essayists of the last seven decades. In addition to a major sequence of novels about American history and satirical novels, Vidal has written dozens of television plays, film scripts and even three mystery novels under a pseudonym. He has also written over a hundred essays, gathered in several volumes published between 1962 and 2001. Vidal's career as an essayist culminated in 1993 when he won the National Book Award for United States: Essays, 1952-1992. His credits include the following as a Novelist: The City and the Pillar, Burr, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, The Golden Age, The Judgement of Paris, Messiah, Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckinridge and Duluth. Essayist: United States. Memoirist: Screening History, Palimpsest. Playwright: Visit to a Small Planet, Romulus, Weekend, An Evening with Richard Nixon. Screenwriter: Suddenly, Last Summer, The Best Man, Is Paris Burning? Film actor: Gattaca, Bob Roberts. Vidal is also a Congressional Candidate both in New York and California.

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