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.
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.
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
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/