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    According to NY Magazine, Angela Lansbury, who is currently starring in
    Gore Vidal’S THE BEST MAN on Broadway, has signed on to star alongside
    James Earl Jones in an Australian tour of DRIVING MISS DAISY next
    winter. Tour dates/venues have not yet been announced.

    The
    play, written by Alfred Uhry and directed by David Esbjornson, enjoyed a
    record breaking sell-out run on Broadway followed by a West End run,
    both starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. Design is by John
    Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting is by Peter Kaczorowski
    , music by Mark Bennett and sound by Christopher Cronin.

    Driving
    Miss Daisy was written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 and debuted Off-Broadway
    at the Playwrights Horizons Theater. Two years later the play was made
    into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Uhry received an
    Oscar® for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ while the film was awarded ‘Best
    Picture’.

    When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72 year-old Jewish
    woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son
    Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, to serve as her
    chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms
    into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the
    societal boundaries placed between them.

    Alfred Uhry is an
    award winning playwright who has won a Pulitzer prize, an Oscar® and two
    Tony Awards®. His initial work as a lyricist included Here’s Where I
    Belong and The Robber Bridegroom for which he wrote the book and lyrics.
    Driving Miss Daisy was his first play and was followed by The Last
    Night of Ballyhoo and Parade, both of which were Tony Award winning
    pieces and Without Walls and Edgardo Mine. He also wrote the book for
    Broadway musical LoveMusik. 

    Broadway World acticle: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Angela-Lansbury-to-Join-James-Earl-Jones-in-DRIVING-MISS-DAISY-Australian-Tour-20120430#ixzz1tY6r4Aft  
    New York Magazine original article with a few photos of Ms. Lansbury’s New York City condo:  http://nymag.com/homedesign/spring2012/angela-lansbury-2012-5/

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