By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
21 Feb 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Presented as part of Black History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama will introduce the 4 PM screening that will be attended by director Michael Wilson and cast members Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer.
The event will be live-streamed at whitehouse.gov//live.
The television film version of Bountiful features revival star Tyson repeating her performance as Carrie Watts alongside fellow revival cast member Williams. Underwood and Palmer joined for the film. Wilson, who directed the stage production, repeated his work for the TV film, which was shot in Atlanta in late 2013. It will air on the Lifetime network March 8.
Composer John Gromada has written an original score for the Lifetime movie based on his original Broadway score for the revival.
The Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful ended its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre Oct. 9, 2013. 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.
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.