Driving Miss Daisy Will Ride Into Australia with James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury

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31 Jul 2012

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Photo by Annabel Clark

Veteran stage actors James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, who recently shared the stage in the current Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, will re-team for the Australian debut of Driving Miss Daisy.

Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, according to Australia's Courier Mail, will play Brisbane's Playhouse Theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Center beginning Feb. 5, 2013.

Opening night is Feb. 9,  2013, according to a July 31 press statement. 

John Frost will produce. Frost told the Australian news service, "I wanted to do something up in Brisbane and make it really special. When this opportunity came along, it was a natural fit."

Jones starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the recent Broadway production of Daisy. Directed by David Esbjornson, Driving Miss Daisy opened on Broadway at the Golden Oct. 25, 2010, where it continued through April 9, 2011.

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 previous production 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."

The play concerns Daisy Werthan, "a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, [who] is deemed too old to drive, [and] 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."

For ticket information visit qpac.com.au.