Vanessa Redgrave drives "Miss Daisy" onto Broadway

Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:06pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vanessa Redgrave is returning to Broadway this coming October opposite James Earl Jones in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," the show's producers said on Tuesday.

Redgrave, who won a Tony for the 2003 production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night," will portray the title role of 72 year-old Daisy Werthan, and Jones, who won Tonys in "Fences" and "The Great White Hope," will be chauffeur Hoke Colburn.

Werthan is a Jewish woman living in Atlanta, Georgia in the middle part of the 20th Century when her son hires African American Colburn as her chauffeur because she can no longer drive. The pair form a bond that bridges their racial divide.

The 1989 film version of "Driving Miss Daisy" won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Jessica Tandy playing Werthan. Morgan Freeman was nominated for best actor in the Colburn role.

Broadway performances begin on October 7, at the John Golden Theater.

(Reporting by Chelsea Emery; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)