The actress has kept a low profile after appearing in hit series Sex And The City and its spin-off movies, but she's now stepping back into the spotlight in Gore Vidal's play about politics.
She will replace Kerry Butler in the part of Mabel Cantwell, the wife of a presidential candidate. She is one of a number of high-profile stars to join the cast, including Cybill Shepherd, who replaces Candice Bergen, and John Stamos, who will take over Eric McCormack's role.
Davis is the last of the Sex And The City leads to appear on the New York stage. Her stint kicks off on 10 July (12) until the show wraps in September (12).
The Canadian actor will join a star-studded cast and portray Joseph Cantwell, a U.S. senator vying for a presidential nomination in the production.
McCormack, who last hit the stage in 2006 for Some Girl(s), will appear opposite theatre veterans James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Angela Lansbury, Michael McKean and Candice Bergen.
The show will be directed by Michael Wilson and is slated to begin previews on 6 March (12).
Gore Vidal's The Best Man received a Tony Award nomination in 2001 for Best Revival of a Play during its last New York City run.
The Queen and its star, Helen Mirren, were the big winners at Sunday’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), winning the Best Film and Best Actress awards.
Elsewhere, Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor prize for Last King of Scotland, Little Miss Sunshine star Alan Arkin won Best Supporting Actor and Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls.
The ceremony took place at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.
The full list of winners is as follows:
The Academy Fellowship: Anne V. Coates
Film: The Queen
The Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Nick Daubeny
The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Last King of Scotland
The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film: Andrea Arnold, Red Road
The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: United 93, Paul Greengrass
Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt
Adapted Screenplay: Last King of Scotland, Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
Film Not in the English Language: Pan's Labyrinth
Animated Feature Film: Happy Feet
Actor in a Leading Role: Forest Whitaker, Last King of Scotland
Actress in a Leading Role: Helen Mirren, The Queen
Actor in a Supporting Role: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: Babel, Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography: Children of Men, Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing: United 93, Clare Douglas/Christopher Rouse/Richard Pearson
Production Design: Children of Men, Jim Clay/Geoffrey Kirkland/Jennifer Williams
Costume Design: Pan's Labyrinth, Lala Huete
Sound: Casino Royale, Chris Munro/Eddy Joseph/Mike Prestwood Smith/Martin Cantwell/Mark Taylor
Achievement in Special Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, John Knoll/Hal Hickel/Charles Gibson/Allen L. Hall
Makeup & Hair: Pan's Labyrinth, Jose Quetglas/Blanca Sanchez
Short Animation Film: Guy 101, Ian Gouldstone
Short Film: Do Not Erase, Asitha Ameresekere
The Orange Rising Star Award: Eva Green
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