Smash Hit “Driving Miss Daisy” Extends On Broadway!
FOR RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010
“DRIVING MISS DAISY”
TO EXTEND ITS BROADWAY RUN WITH
JAMES EARL JONES, VANESSA REDGRAVE AND BOYD GAINES
HAVING SET BOX OFFICE RECORDS,
PRODUCTION NOW SCHEDULED
THROUGH APRIL 9, 2011
New York, NY– With the playwright at their side on stage at the Golden Theatre, producers Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich announced today that Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, will extend its Broadway premiere engagement through April 9, 2011, making it the only play this season that will be running into the spring. The play’s three acclaimed stars, Tony Award-winners James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines, will all remain with the production. Directed by David Esbjornson, Driving Miss Daisy opened on Broadway at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) on October 25, 2010, where it has since broken all house records. The production was previously scheduled to run through January 29, 2011.
In a joint statement, Messrs. Bernstein and Zotovich said “The overwhelming response to this production has been beyond our expectations. We're absolutely delighted that this classic play will live on in its Broadway premiere.”
Playwright Uhry said, “It’s so wonderful that Driving Miss Daisy, which I wrote almost 25 years ago, continues to resonate with audiences today. It’s a dream to see it staged with such a wonderful cast.”
In a joint statement from the actors, Jones, Redgrave and Gaines said “We’re all having such a wonderful time with each other and with Alfred’s play. We are delighted to be continuing.”
Mr. Uhry’s classic play 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. When Daisy Werthan (Redgrave), a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son, Boolie (Gaines), hires Hoke Coleburn (Jones), 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.
From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version (4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.
The creative team of Driving Miss Daisy includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Wendall K. Harrington (Projection Design), Christopher Cronin (Sound Design) and Mark Bennett (Music).
Driving Miss Daisy is produced on Broadway by Jed Bernstein, Adam Zotovich, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, Beth Kloiber, Albert Nocciolino, Jon Platt, StylesFour Productions, Ruth Hendel/Shawn Emamjomeh, Larry Hirschhorn/Spring Sirkin, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergére, in association with Michael Filerman.
Driving Miss Daisy currently plays the following performance schedule: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Beginning the week of January 31, 2011, the show will play Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets ($66.50 – $131.50) are on sale via Telecharge.com and at the box office of the Golden Theatre. Student tickets (one ticket per ID, subject to availability) are available for day-of purchase at the box office for $26.50.
PRAISE FOR THE BROADWAY PREMIERE OF “DRIVING MISS DAISY”
“A PERFECT night on Broadway. Do WHATEVER you have to do to get a ticket!”
– Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“The ENCHANTING revival of Driving Miss Daisy is the BEST theater can be.”
– John Simon, Bloomberg News
“SUPREMELY elegant and MAGNIFICENTLY staged and performed!”
– Linda Winer, Newsday
“GIANTS still walk on Broadway!”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times
“James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are FUNNY, TENDER, ADORABLE and
HEARTBREAKING. Their performances rank with their BEST, MOST
– Elysa Gardner, USA Today
“Boyd Gaines is OUTSTANDING!”
– Roma Torre, NY1
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