Mark Blum Takes Over for Injured Michael McKean in ‘The Best Man’

Producers of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man have announced that Obie Award winner Mark Blum will permanently assume the role of Dick Jensen, regularly played by Michael McKean. Blum, who originated the role in the 2000 Broadway revival, appeared off-Broadway this past year in Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not at Second Stage and We Live Here by Zoe Kazan at Manhattan Theatre Club. He will begin performances on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

McKean was injured when he was struck by a car at the intersection of West 86th Street and Broadway on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Since the accident, he has been tweeting fairly regularly and appears to be in great spirits.

Broadway newcomer James Lecesne, who had taken over McKean’s role in the interim, will return to his original role playing Mitch Graham, a reporter from the Washington Post.

Mark Blum’s credits include: Broadway: Twelve Angry Men, The Graduate, A Thousand Clowns, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Lost in Yonkers, My Thing of Love, The Merchant. Off Broadway: Lonely I’m Not, Picked, We Live Here, After the Revolution, The Overwhelming, The Waverly Gallery, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Music Teacher, The Seagull, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Gus and Al (Obie), It’s Only A Play, Little Footsteps, Key Exchange, Table Settings, Say Goodnight Gracie. Regional: Long Wharf, Huntington, Old Globe. Film:  I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Green, Passing Harold Blumenthal, Step Up 3-D, Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee, Shattered Glass, The Presidio, Blind Date, Worth Winning, Getting to Know You, You Can Thank Me Later, Miami Rhapsody, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, The Defenders, Just Between Friends, Lovesick.  TV: “Damages”, “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Jesse Stone,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” ”CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order:  Criminal Intent,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” “The Practice,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Capitol News,” and Steve Martini’s “The Judge.”  He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and HB Studio.

A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party’s nomination during the primary season. It’s an inside look at the dirt-digging, double-dealing, triple-crossing chicanery of presidential electioneering and what could be more fun in a presidential campaign season than these theatrical fireworks.

Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is currently playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W. 45th St. between Broadway and 8th) through September 09, 2012. Weekly performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm, Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.

GORE VIDAL'S THE BEST MAN

James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Elizabeth Ashley (Dividing the Estate), John Larroquette ("Night Court"), Cybill Shepherd ("Moonlighting"), John Stamos ("Full House"), and Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City") head the all-star cast of Gore Vidal’s political thriller The Best Man.

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