Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones to Star in Broadway ‘Gin Game’

Cicely Tyson, the actress whose last Broadway outing earned her a Tony, will co-star with James Earl Jones in a new Broadway production of “The Gin Game.”

The duo will appear on Broadway together for the first time since 1966, when they both starred in “A Hand Is on the Gate.” They’ve also worked together Off Broadway (“The Blacks”) as well as on in film (“The River Niger”) and on TV (“Heat Wave”).

Leonard Foglia (“Master Class”) will direct the new production, which begins previews Sept. 21 ahead of an Oct. 13 opening at the Golden Theater. A staple for amateur and student actors around the country, “The Gin Game” follows a man and a woman in a nursing home who strike up a friendship over gin rummy. D.L. Coburn’s 1977 play won the Pulitzer Prize.

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy starred in the original Broadway production of the play, which last ran on Broadway with Charles Durning and Julie Harris. A 1981 TV movie starred Cronyn and Tandy, and a 2003 version toplined Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.

Tyson won a Tony for her 2013 turn in “The Trip to Bountiful.” Two-time Tony winner Jones, meanwhile, last starred on Broadway in this season’s revival of “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Ostar Prods. (“Impressionism,” “The Seafarer”) produce “The Gin Game,” with other members of the creative team still to be announced.

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