Gore Vidal's Best Man: Eric McCormack joins cast

Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") will return to Broadway as presidential contender 'Joseph Cantwell' in the 2012 Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

McCormack is best known for his eight seasons as "Will Truman" on NBC's Emmy-winning "Will & Grace" that earned him a Screen Actor's Guild Award, five Golden Globe nominations, and the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He made his Broadway debut starring as 'Harold Hill' in 'The Music Man,' and starred Off-Broadway in the American premiere of Neil LaBute's 'Some Girl(s).'

McCormack will join the previously announced Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Candice Bergen ( (Alice Russell), five time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Gamadge), Tony and Emmy Award winner John Larroquette (William Russell), and Academy Award nominee Michael Mckean (Dick Jensen) and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winner James Earl Jones (Arthur Hockstader).

The Best Man will open on Broadway on 1 Apr 2012, following previews from 6 Mar 2012, at a venue to be announced.

A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, The Best Man will be directed by Michael Wilson, who directed the Off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's 'The Orphans Home Cycle Part I,II and III' at The Signature Theatre Company as well as 'Dividing The Estate' on Broadway.

The creative team will feature Tony Award winning scenic designer Derek McLane (33 Variations), Tony 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).

The Best Man will make its return to Broadway in its first major revival since its run on Broadway in Sep 2000. Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Michael B. Rothfeld (Eagle Productions), and Darren Bagert (Infinity Stages), the producers of that production, have reunited to present the upcoming revival.

The Best Man was Vidal's second play following his comedy 'Visit to a Small Planet.'

The play premiered 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.

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