Stage Version of Driving Miss Daisy, Starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, Filmed for Distribution

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24 Jan 2014

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury

The 2013 Australian production of Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, was filmed for distribution in the spring, according to the New York Times.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning work, which played Brisbane's Playhouse Theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Center, was filmed by Broadway Near You, a company founded by Ed Greenberg and Lee deBoer.

Screening dates have yet to be announced. Tony winner Boyd Gaines was also part of the Australian company. He and Jones starred in the recent Broadway revival of Daisy.

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."