PHOTO CALL: Driving Miss Daisy, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, Meets the Press

News   PHOTO CALL: Driving Miss Daisy, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, Meets the Press
 
The cast of the upcoming Broadway staging of Driving Miss Daisy, starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, greeted the press Sept. 29 at a Manhattan rehearsal studio. The photo op was followed by a panel discussion with playwright Alfred Uhry and director David Esbjornson.

Previews will begin Oct. 7 at the Golden Theatre with an official opening Oct. 25. It will play a 16-week limited engagement through Jan. 29, 2011.

The cast boasts James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines as, respectively, Hoke Colburn, Daisy Werthan and Boolie Werthan.

Here is a look at the event:

From its Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the success of the Oscar-winning film version (four Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy, according to press notes, "is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture's most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, 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."

The performance schedule will be Monday and Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, and Tuesday at 7 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM.

Tickets, priced $65-$125, are also currently on sale via Telecharge.com.

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