James Earl Jones Will Play a Former President in Broadway Production of ‘The Best Man’

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Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will return the Broadway for the spring 2012 revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.

According to Playbill, “Jones (Fences, The Great White Hope, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy) will play the former President of the United States. His endorsement of candidates is part of the plot of the political drama. Charles Durning played former president Hockstader in the 2000 revival.”

The producers have billed the production as “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…”

Jones is currently playing in the West End production of ‘Driving Miss Daisy” through Dec. 17 at Wyndham Theatre in London. Previews of ‘The Best Man’ begin on March 6, 2012. An official opening date is scheduled for April 1 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

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