Broadway production bows in October
James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave will topline a Broadway production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” opening at the Golden Theater in the fall.Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich produce, with David Esbjornson (“The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”) at the helm. Production seems to be equipped with several of the elements that have helped push recent play revivals (including last season’s “Fences” and “Hamlet”) into the black, with a pair of well-known thesps toplining a title that most auds will recognize — in this case, thanks to the 1989 Oscar-winning pic adaptation that starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Like prior star-driven nonmusicals (both new plays and revivals), the new run of “Miss Daisy” is a limited engagement. Show plays through the end of January. Jones was last on Broadway in the 2008 staging of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (in a role he recently reprised on the West End), while Redgrave’s most recent Main Stem credit was 2007 solo outing “The Year of Magical Thinking.” Upcoming incarnation of “Daisy” reps the play’s first time on Broadway, after the 1987 Off Broadway preem that ran for three years. Freeman and Dana Ivey led the cast. Play by Alfred Uhry also scored the 1988 Pulitzer. Storyline centers on the growing friendship between a Jewish widow and the black man hired to be her driver. For the Broadway version, one more thesp remains to be cast in the three-hander. “Daisy” begins previews Oct. 7 ahead of an Oct. 25 opening. The Golden’s most recent tenant, Tony winner “Red,” ended its limited engagement last week.
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