PHOTO CALL: Driving Miss Daisy, With James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, Opens on Broadway

By Irina Khodorkovsky
26 Oct 2010

Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave return to the New York stage in the Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, which officially opened at the John Golden Theatre Oct. 25.

Directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?), the production began previews Oct. 7. The cast boasts Jones, Redgrave and fellow Tony winner Boyd Gaines as, respectively, Hoke Colburn, Daisy Werthan and Boolie Werthan.

The 16-week limited engagement will run through Jan. 29, 2011.

According to producers, 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."

Here is a look at the opening night:

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James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



John Golden Theatre is located at 252 West 45th Street. Tickets, priced $65-$125, are currently on sale via Telecharge.com.