Broadway stars reprise roles on West End
The three Broadway stars of “Driving Miss Daisy” — Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines — are riding the show to London, where a West End incarnation has nailed down dates for a fall run.
David Esbjorson, who helmed the Rialto staging of Alfred Uhry’s 1987 play, returns to direct in the U.K., where “Daisy” has booked a slot at the Wyndham’s Theater.
Show’s producers, Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich, had been laying plans for the West End since the spring, in the wake of the play’s Broadway B.O. success, particularly in its inital months on the boards. “Daisy” opened Oct. 25 and recouped its $2.6 million capitalization costs in less than three months, going on to play an extended run that shuttered April 9.
The well-known names of stars Redgrave (who was nommed for a thesping Tony) and Jones helped make the show a draw for Gotham auds, as did the high profile gained by the “Daisy” property via the Oscar-winning 1989 movie adaptation.
The London version of “Daisy” begins previews Sept. 26 ahead of an Oct. 5 opening. Limited run is set to end Dec. 17, ahead of Jones’ commitment to appear next spring in the Broadway revival of “The Best Man.”