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The Best Man   

Morosco Theatre, (3/31/1960 - 7/08/1961)
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Opening Date: Mar 31, 1960    
Closing Date: Jul 08, 1961 Total Performances: 520

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Description: A play in three acts
Setting: A Presidential Convention in Philadelphia. Summer, 1960.

Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization; Morosco Theatre Managing Director: Louis A. Lotito
Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard); Associate Producer: Lyn Austin
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by Joseph Anthony
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Associate Scenic Design: John Harvey; Associate Lighting Design: John Harvey; Assistant Scenic Design: Hugh Hardy and Ming Cho Lee
Company Manager: Morton Gottlieb
Production Stage Manager: Bill Ross; Stage Manager: Howard Fischer; Assistant Stage Mgr: Martin Fried
Press Representative: Abner D. Klipstein; Casting: Terry Fay
Melvyn Douglas
William Russell
Frank Lovejoy
Joseph Cantwell
Lee Tracy
Arthur Hockstader
Leora Dana
Alice Russell
Kathleen Maguire
Mabel Cantwell
Ruth McDevitt
Mrs. Gamadge
Chairman of the Women's Division
Joseph Sullivan
Bill Blades
Karl Weber
Dick Jensen
Russell's campaign manager
Barbara Berjer
Third Reporter
Tony Bickley
Second Reporter
Gordon B. Clarke
Senator Carlin
John Dorrin
Mitchell Erickson
Howard Fischer
First Reporter
Hugh Franklin
Dr. Artinian
Martin Fried
Graham Jarvis
Sheldon Marcus
Ruth Maynard
Assistant to Dick Jensen
Tom McDermott
Fourth Reporter
Ruth Tobin
Understudies: Barbara Berjer (Alice Russell, Mabel Cantwell), Tony Bickley (Bill Blades, Joseph Cantwell), John Dorrin (Fourth Reporter), Mitchell Erickson (First Reporter), Howard Fischer (Arthur Hockstader, Senator Carlin), Hugh Franklin (Dick Jensen, William Russell), Ruth Maynard (Mrs. Gamadge), Tom McDermott (Dr. Artinian, Sheldon Marcus) and Ruth Tobin (Assistant to Dick Jensen, Third Reporter)
Tony Award®
1960 Best Play [nominee]
Written by Gore Vidal; Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
winner 1960 Best Actor in Play [winner]
Melvyn Douglas
1960 Best Actor in Play [nominee]
Lee Tracy
1960 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee]
Leora Dana
1960 Best Scenic Design (Play) [nominee]
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner
1960 Best Direction of a Play [nominee]
Joseph Anthony