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Auto fixation at ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

Cars take centerstage at Broadway opening

James Earl Jones arrived at Monday’s cast party for “Driving Miss Daisy” in high style, rolling up the red carpet at the Plaza Hotel in a classic Packard — the same car his character Hoke Coleburn drives for Vanessa Redgrave’s Daisy Werthan.

Asked what kind of car Hoke would want to drive today, Jones didn’t miss a beat: “A Cadillac! It’s a well-made car — a good-running car.”

David Esbjornson begged to differ. “I think he’d have to be concerned with mileage, wouldn’t he?” the Broadway helmer wondered aloud. “So I’d say a Prius.”

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