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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:17

James Lecesne Steps Into Michael McKean's Role in Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN After Actor Hit by Car

JAMES LECESNE STEPS INTO MICHAEL McKEAN’S ROLE IN
GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN

Producers of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN have announced that Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Academy Award winner JAMES LECESNE will step into the role of Dick Jensen, the role regularly played by MICHAEL McKEAN. McKean was recently injured when struck by a car at the intersection of West 86th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side.

{module ad_left_body}“Jerry Frankel and I have worked with Michael on three previous productions, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game and Superior Donuts, and he has never missed a performance, and I understand from his team that he has never missed a performance in his career. So this is the kind of first we are reluctant to announce,” producer Jeffrey Richards stated. “He is currently in stable condition, he has a broken leg. Jerry and I look forward to working with Michael again on a future project.”

The role of Mitch Graham, a reporter from the Washington Post, usually played by James Lecesne, will be played by FRED PARKER.

JAMES LECESNE is making his Broadway debut in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Previously, he has appeared off-Broadway in Motherhood Out Loud, Boys in the Band, Word of Mouth (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Cloud 9 and One Man Band. His regional credits include I Am My Own Wife, Irma Vep (Hartford Stage). In addition to his acting work, he is also an author and activist, whose film Trevor received an Academy Award in 1994 for best short film. James co-founded The Trevor Project, a 24-hour suicide-prevention hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning teens.

FRED PARKER Broadway debut! Regional: Spring Storm, Mr. Marmalade, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, As You Like It, Hamlet. Film: The Eves, From Mexico with Love, Plans. TV: “90210.”

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The critically-acclaimed production of Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN, which was originally scheduled to play through July 8, 2012, has been extended twice, now playing through Sunday, September 9, 2012. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN has been nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play as well as a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play nomination for James Earl Jones.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

“A CRACKLING REVIVAL!”

—The New York Times

“A KNOCKDOWN HIT WITH A TRILLIONWATT CAST!”

—The Wall Street Journal

“A STAR BEDAZZLED REVIVAL THAT GLISTENS WITH WIT!”

—New York Magazine

“RIVETING! A stellar cast…injects vitality, humor, and tension to the American circus of electing a president.”

—The Huffington Post

“THE BEST MAN WINS!”

—USA Today

“AN UNQUALIFIED WINNER! Truly one of the year’s best! Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is remarkably vibrant, gripping and witty. Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones are giving legendary performances.”

—NY1 News

“DELICIOUS! It’s like a greatest hits album on stage, and director

MICHAEL WILSON excitingly paces the play like a thriller.”

—Associated Press

“THE BEST FUN YOU’LL HAVE IN A THEATER THIS SEASON!”

—WOR Radio

“FUNNY, SUSPENSEFUL and BRIMMING WITH SCANDAL, THE BEST MAN

is a RED, WHITE AND BLUE MUST SEE HIT!”

—Fox 5 News

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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.

The production is directed by Drama Desk Award winner MICHAEL WILSON (The Orphans Home Cycle Part I, II and III, Dividing The Estate). The design team includes 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), five-time Tony Award nominated costume designer ANN ROTH (The Book of Mormon), Drama Desk Award winning sound designer JOHN GROMADA (Seminar, The Orphans' Home Cycle) and projection designer PETER NIGRINI (Fela!, 9 to 5: The Musical).

Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, INFINITY Stages, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Barbara Manocherian/Michael Palitz, The Broadway Consortium/Ken Mahoney, Kathleen K. Johnson, Fifty Church Street Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Bennu Productions, Patty Baker, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment, Wendy Federman, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Cricket Hooper Jiranek, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Carl Moellenberg, Harold Thau, Will Trice.

Please visit www.thebestmanonbroadway.com for information.


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