Michael Learned and Lance Nichols Star in Driving Miss Daisy, Beginning Feb. 6 at Florida's Alhambra

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06 Feb 2013

Michael Learned
Michael Learned
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned ("Nurse," "The Waltons") plays Daisy Werthan and Lance Nichols, star of the HBO series "Treme," is her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, in the Alhambra Theatre's production of the award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, which begins performances Feb. 6.

Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning work will continue at the Jacksonville, FL, dinner theatre through March 17.

Rounding out the three-person cast is Michael Edward Hodge, a New York actor, as Daisy's son, Boolie Werthan.

Driving Miss Daisy was first staged at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in 1987 and ran for nearly 1,200 performances. A production unrelated to the original run was later produced in 2010 on Broadway starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. The film version won the Academy Award as Best Picture.

The play, according to press notes, "traces the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish widow (Learned) and her African-American driver (Nichols). Set primarily in 1950s and 1960s, the show blends the civil rights themes of the era with what is sometimes described as a bit of a love story."

For tickets call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com.