The Best Man

Play - Original

Morosco Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: March 31, 1960
  • Closing Date: July 8, 1961
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 520

Playwright: Gore Vidal


A well-born, womanizing idealist and an ambitious member of the working class compete for the office of President of the United States in Gore Vidal's satire of campaign double-dealings.


Opening Night Cast

Melvyn Douglas William Russell
Frank Lovejoy Joseph Cantwell
Lee Tracy Arthur Hockstader
Leora Dana Alice Russell
Joseph Sullivan Bill Blades
Karl Weber Dick Jensen
Kathleen Maguire Mabel Cantwell
Ruth McDevitt Mrs. Gamadge
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Opening Night Production Credits

Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Writer
  Joseph Anthony Director
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge Costume Design
  Jo Mielziner Lighting Design
  Morton Gottlieb Company Manager
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Actor in a Play Melvyn Douglas Winner
1960 Actor in a Play Lee Tracy Nominee
1960 Direction of a Play Joseph Anthony Nominee
1960 Featured Actress in a Play Leora Dana Nominee
1960 Play Gore Vidal Nominee
1960 Scenic Design of a Play Jo Mielziner Nominee
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