The Best Man

Play - Revival

Virginia Theatre

  • First Preview: September 5, 2000
  • Opening Date: September 17, 2000
  • Closing Date: December 31, 2000
  • Previews: 15
  • Performances: 121

Playwright: Gore Vidal

Synopsis

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

Charles Durning in The Best Man Charles Durning Ex-President Arthur Hockstader
Spalding Gray in The Best Man Spalding Gray Secretary William Russell
Chris Noth in The Best Man Chris Noth Senator Joseph Cantwell
Elizabeth Ashley in The Best Man Elizabeth Ashley Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge
Christine Ebersole in The Best Man Christine Ebersole Mabel Cantwell
Michael Learned in The Best Man Michael Learned Alice Russell
Jonathan Hadary in The Best Man Jonathan Hadary Sheldon Marcus
Mark Blum in The Best Man Mark Blum Dick Jensen
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Opening Night Production Credits

Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Writer
Ethan McSweeny Ethan McSweeny Director
John Arnone John Arnone Scenic Design
Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge Costume Design
Howell Binkley Howell Binkley Lighting Design
  David Van Tieghem Sound Design
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Shows That Opened That Season: 2000 - 2001

 
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2001 Outstanding Revival of a Play   Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2001 Outstanding Actress in a Play Michael Learned Nominee
2001 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Charles Durning Nominee
2001 Outstanding Revival of a Play   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2001 Theatre World Award Chris Noth Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2001 Revival of a Play   Nominee

Grosses

Week Ending Week # This Week Gross
Potential Gross
Diff $ Avg Ticket
Top Ticket
Seats Sold
Seats in Theatre
Perfs
(Prev)
% Cap
This Week
Diff %
Cap
Dec. 31, 2000 31 $373,417
$628,187
$137,946 $59.65
$75.00
6260
1259
8
0
62.15% 21.60%
Dec. 24, 2000 30 $235,471
$628,187
-$38,875 $57.66
$75.00
4084
1259
8
0
40.55% -10.57%
Dec. 17, 2000 29 $274,346
$628,187
-$76,692 $53.28
$75.00
5149
1259
8
0
51.12% -12.91%
Dec. 10, 2000 28 $351,038
$628,187
- $54.43
$75.00
6449
1259
8
0
64.03% -
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Totals

Last 4 Weeks
  $1,234,272
$2,512,748
  $56.26 21942
40288
32
0
54.46 %  
Cumulative
  $5,998,667
$10,679,179
  $54.08
$75.00
112255
171224
121
15
65.56 %  
 
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