Directed by Tony winner Judith Ivey, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of The Heiress, the production will open in spring 2013 at a Broadway theatre to be announced. Additional casting will be revealed at a later date.
Miss Firecracker Contest, according to press notes, "is the inspiring story of Carnelle Scott (Tamblyn), a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Carnelle is furiously rehearsing her patriotic tap dance for the Miss Firecracker Contest—hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as the town’s 'Miss Hot Tamale' and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a 'crimson blaze of glory.' The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker Queen, (who has walked out on her rich but boring husband and two small children) and Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), threatens to derail Carnelle’s total makeover. Carnelle perseveres—leading to a climax of hilarity, heart and radiant fireworks!"
The play was first presented to New York audiences in 1984 at the Manhattan Theater Club. It was later made into a 1989 feature film starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins.