Lifetime Filming "The Trip to Bountiful," Featuring Tony Winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams

By Andrew Gans
23 Oct 2013

Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
Photo by Joan Marcus

In November Lifetime will begin filming a screen version of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful.

According to a casting notice on Backstage.com, the film will feature Tony winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, who both starred in the recent, critically acclaimed Broadway production of the family drama.

Filming is scheduled for Nov. 4-30 in Atlanta, GA.

Lifetime describes the film as such: "A woman's determination to go home one last time restores hope and faith to her family."



An official announcement is expected shortly.

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The Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful ended its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre Oct. 9. Upon closing, Bountiful played a total of 178 performances.

The play was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Play (Cicely Tyson), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Condola Rashad), Best Sound Design for a Play (John Gromada) and Best Revival of a Play. Tyson won the Tony Award for her performance as Mother Carrie Watts, as well as the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.

The original Broadway company also included Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire," "Red Tails"), Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias," Broadway's Stick Fly), Tony nominee Tom Wopat, Devon Abner, Curtis Billings, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, Arthur French, Susan Heyward, Bill Kux, Linda Powell and Charles Turner.

Michael Wilson directed.

The Trip to Bountiful, according to Broadway press notes, tells the story of "Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law (Williams). Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith."

The Trip to Bountiful premiered as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts. The play had its Broadway premiere later that year with the same cast, which also included Eva Marie Saint. The play was adapted by Foote into an acclaimed 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, for which she won the Academy Award. In 2005, Signature Theatre produced the play Off-Broadway starring Lois Smith, for which she won Lortel, Obie, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards.

The Broadway creative team included Jeff Cowie (scenery), Van Broughton Ramsey (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting), Paul Huntley (hair design), Angelina Avallone (makeup design) and John Gromada (original music and sound design). David Alpert was the associate director.

The Trip to Bountiful was produced on Broadway by Nelle Nugent, Paula Marie Black, Kenneth Teaton, Carole L Haber, Philip Geier, Sharon A. Carr, Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg, Richard Hornos, Kevin Liles, Joseph Sirola, Stephen Byrd, Alia M. Jones, Howard and Janet Kagan, Charles Salameno, Willette Murphy Klausner, Fifty Church Street Productions and Hallie Foote.

 

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Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr.
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