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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

STARRING JAMES EARL JONES

TO ALSO STAR KRISTINE NIELSEN;

WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
JASON ROBERT BROWN

AUDIENCE REWARDS PRESALE BEGINS JUNE 4TH
PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT THE LONGACRE ON AUGUST 26TH

Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama You Can’t Take It With You announce that Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) joins previously announced Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Fences, The Great White Hope) as Penelope Sycamore in the cast. Further casting will be announced soon.  

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JAMES EARL JONES

TO STAR IN REVIVAL OF

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

BY GEORGE S. KAUFMAN AND MOSS HART

DIRECTED BY SCOTT ELLIS

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman are currently represented in real life at Lincoln Center in Act One, but next year their most popular and acclaimed work You Can’t Take It with You, will return to Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years.  The production will star Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Fences, The Great White Hope,) and will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776). The production will begin previews in August of 2014 for an opening on September 28, 2014 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.

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THE STARS COME OUT TO PRESENT
AT THE
57TH ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS
ON SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012
AT THE TOWN HALL

New York: The Drama Desk Awards are thrilled to announce the lineup of presenters for this year’s awards ceremony, hosted by Brooke Shields and Drama Desk winner Brian d'Arcy James.  The presenters represent many different aspects of the New York theater community including Broadway royalty: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters; award winning dramatists: Doug Wright and Rick Elice;  legendary composers: Maury Yeston, William Finn; heralded directors: Roger Rees, Alex Timbers; celebrated designers: Peggy Eisenhauer;  revered orchestrators: Jonathan Tunick; valued members of the New York theater scene: Oskar Eustis, Jenny Gersten; and, of course, popular performers: Martha Plimpton, John Larroquette, Julie Halston.  The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 8PM at The Town Hall.

MULTI AWARD WINNING  

JAMES EARL JONES, VANESSA REDGRAVE & BOYD GAINES

TO REPRISE ROLES IN PULITZER PRIZE WINNING

DRIVING MISS DAISY

TRANSFERRING FROM BROADWAY TO THE WYNDHAM’S THEATRE
SEPTEMBER 2011

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Two-time Tony Award® winner James Earl Jones (Hoke Coleburn), Tony and Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Daisy Werthan) and four-time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines (Boolie Werthan)  will star in the critically acclaimed production ofDriving Miss Daisy, at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 26 September until 17 December, with press night on 5 October.  The play, written by Alfred Uhry and directed by David Esbjornson, enjoyed a record breaking sell-out run on Broadway until 9 April this year.  Design is by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting is by Peter Kaczorowski , music by Mark Bennett and sound by Christopher Cronin. Driving Miss Daisy is being produced in the West End by Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich.

Driving Miss Daisy was written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 and debuted Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theater.  Two years later the play was made into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Uhry received an Oscar® for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ while the film was awarded ‘Best Picture’.

When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72 year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, 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.

Multi award winning James Earl Jones was last on stage in the West End in the hit production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre. He has won Tony Awards® for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences and a Tony Award® nomination for the revival of On Golden Pond.  His other Broadway credits include Master Harold and the BoysOf Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His film credits include The Great White Hope, for which he received an Oscar®nomination, Dr. StrangeloveComing To AmericaThe Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot GamesClear and Present Danger and Field of Dreams. On television his credits include Gabriel’s Fire and Heat Wave, receiving Emmy Awards for both, The DefendersTwo and a Half Men and House. He is well known for his voiceover work with perhaps the most prominent roles being Darth Vader in the Star Wars films and the voice of Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King.

Vanessa Redgrave played Miss Daisy at the Golden Theatre in New York from October 7, 2010 to April 9, 2011 and was nominated for a Tony Award® for this role in June 2011. She last appeared in London at the National Theatre (and at the Salzburg and Cheltenham Festivals in 2008) in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, directed by Sir David Hare. This production was first seen on Broadway in the 2007 season and Vanessa received a Tony® nomination for her performance. This year, Vanessa’s films include Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel, The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz, Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich, in which she plays the old Queen Elizabeth I and Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes, playing his mother Volumnia, in his first film as director. Vanessa's most recent film for television was HBO Films’ The Fever, directed by Carlo Nero, based on the play by Wallace Shawn, for which Vanessa was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2008. Isadora, Vanessa’s famous film role of the 60s, has just been released on DVD, as has her film for CBS, Playing for Time, (1981) written by Arthur Miller and directed by Daniel Mann. In 2010 Vanessa Redgrave received a BAFTA Fellowship.

Before Driving Miss Daisy, four-time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines’stage credits included The Grand Manner at Lincoln Center Theatre and on Broadway; Gypsy (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Journey’s End (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Twelve Angry MenContact (Tony and Lucille Lortel Awards), She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) and The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award). Gaines’ film credits include Funny GamesPorkys and Fameand on television; The Good WifeThe Confession and One Day at a Time.

Alfred Uhry is an award winning playwright who has won a Pulitzer prize, an Oscar® and two Tony Awards®. His initial work as a lyricist included Here’s Where I Belong and The Robber Bridegroom for which he wrote the book and lyrics. Driving Miss Daisy was his first play and was followed by The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Parade, both of which were Tony Award winning pieces and Without Walls and Edgardo Mine. He also wrote the book for Broadway musical LoveMusik.

Award winning director/producer David Esbjornson last directed A Few Good Men with Rob Lowe in the West End. His other directorial credits include The Goat or Who is Sylvia?The Ride Down Mt. MorganAngels in America: Millennium ApproachesPerestroikaResurrection  BluesGabrielTrumperyMolly Ivins and How? How? Why? Why? Why? He has also served as Artistic Director of NYC Classic Stage Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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LISTINGS

DRIVING MISS DAISY

Dates:                                                                                   26 September – 17 December
Press night:                                                                        5 October at 7.00pm
Performances:                                                                  Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
                                                                                                Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket prices:                                                                      £58.50, £48.50, £38.50 & £10 plus concessions
Address:                                                                              Wyndham’s Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Box Office:                                                                          Get Driving Miss Daisy Tickets 0844 482 5125
Website:                                                                              www.daisywestend.com

Saturday, 04 December 2010 21:58

Broadway Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY

There is just no other way to say this; if you don’t get to the Golden Theatre to see Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy, you are missing the theatrical experience of a lifetime.

Exquisitly directed by David Esbjornson, this production is the apotheosis of simple beauty.  The play, originally written by Alfred Uhry for Dana Ivey is economical in its story telling, having large swaths of time pass between scenes.  If done poorly, these could feel jarring.  That isn’t the case here.  Under Esbjornson’s direction the scenes build on one-another in a smooth story arch that is engaging, funny and moving.  After having just seen the bloated A Free Man of Color, Driving Miss Daisy’s simple story-telling is oh so welcome.

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J A M E S    E A R L    J O N E S  

SET FOR TIMESTALKS

AWARD-WINNING ACTOR

DISCUSSES CAREER AND RETURNING TO BROADWAY

WITH NEW YORK TIMES’S PATRICK HEALY

 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT 6:30 PM

New York, NY (8/24/10) Tony Award-winning actor James Earl Jones has joined the fall line-up for The New York Times’s TimesTalks event series.  In a rare public appearance, Jones will sit down with New York Times theater reporter Patrick Healy at TheTimesCenter (242 West 41st Street) on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his award-winning and illustrious film and TV career, and his return to the stage this October opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy.

Mr. Jones made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play, Sunrise at Campobello in 1958, and Driving Miss Daisy caps a career that includes his starring roles in the original Broadway production of Fences, for which he won the Tony Award, and his Tony-winning (and Oscar nominated) performance in The Great White Hope.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at www.TimesTalks.com. 

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Driving Miss Daisy begins performances at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) on October 7, 2010, with an official opening on Monday, October 25.  Directed by David Esbjornson and starring Jones, Redgrave, and four-time Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines, Driving Miss Daisy 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.   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.

BIOGRAPHY                                                                                                                                               

Listening to James Earl Jones’s voice—recognized around the world—one would never guess that he spent his childhood as a virtual mute due to a severe stuttering problem. With the help of an extraordinary high school teacher, Jones overcame his stutter and transformed his weakness into his greatest strength.  Today, Jones voice is known by people of all ages and walks of life—the Star Wars fans who know him as the voice of Darth Vader, children who know him as Mufasa from Disney’s The Lion King, those who hear him intone “This is CNN” while watching the news, and the countless people who use Verizon phone services, for which he was the exclusive spokesperson for many years.   Born in Mississippi and raised in Michigan, James Earl Jones moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Michigan and serving in the military. Supporting himself by working as a janitor, he struggled to make it as an actor and made his Broadway debut in 1957.   Renowned Broadway producer, Joseph Papp gave Jones one of his first major breakthroughs, casting him as Michael Williams in Shakespeare’s Henry V. A true visionary, Papp was credited with injecting a “dash of social conscience” into the performance by casting an African-American in the role. This marked the beginning of Jones’s long affiliation with the New York Shakespeare Festival, eventually counting the title roles of Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear among his many distinguished performances for the company.  Based on his success in the theater, he began to be cast in small television roles. In the 1960s, Jones was one of the first African-American actors to appear regularly in daytime soap operas (playing a doctor in both “The Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns”), and he made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove.   In 1969, Jones won a Tony Award for his breakthrough role as boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway hit, The Great White Hope (which also garnered him an Oscar nomination for the 1970 film adaptation). He won a second Tony Award in 1987 for August Wilson's Fences, in which he played a former baseball player who finds it difficult to communicate with his son.  Although he was cast in numerous leading roles in films in the 1970s, including The Man (1972), Claudine (1974), The River Niger (1975) and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976), Jones continued to make his biggest impression on stage. In addition to his celebrated Shakespearian work, he began a long-standing collaboration with South African playwright Athol Fugard, acting in The Blood Knot, Boseman and Lena, and the critically acclaimed Master Harold...and the Boys, among others.  His film performances of the 1980s included his work as the oppressed coal miner in John Sayles' Matewan (1987) and as the embittered writer in Field of Dreams (1989), while the '90s found him in the thick of the Tom Clancy blockbuster trilogy--The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger--as well as in the film version of the Alan Paton classic Cry, the Beloved Country (1995).  His career also includes a wide range of television work. He played Alex Haley in Roots: The Next Generation (1979), Junius Johnson (an Emmy-winning performance) in Heat Wave, the 1990 TNT drama about the 1965 riots in Watts, and a great number of guest roles in series ranging from “The Defenders” and “Dr. Kildare” to more recently, “Two and a Half Men.” He also earned an Emmy as Gabriel Bird, a disgraced cop turned private investigator, in the 1990-92 series “Gabriel's Fire.”  In addition to the many awards he has received as an actor--two Tonys, four Emmys, a Golden Globe, two Cable ACEs, two OBIEs, five Drama Desks, and a Grammy--Jones has been honored with the National Medal of Arts in 1992 and the John F. Kennedy Center Honor in December 2002.  He also was honored by the Screen Actors Guild with the Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2009.  In the spring of 2005, James Earl Jones starred on Broadway a critically acclaimed revival of On Golden Pond for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.  In 2006, he also starred as Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall in the production of Thurgood at the Westport County Playhouse and in spring of 2008 portrayed ‘Big Daddy’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway with cast members Terrance Howard, Anika Noni Rose and Phylicia Rashad.  James Earl Jones recently finished a second run of Cat on Hot Tin Roof on stage in London with Adrian Lester, Sanaa Lathan, and again Phylicia Rashad. The production won an Olivier Award for Best Revival and Mr. Jones was nominated for an Olivier in the Best Actor category.  For more information on James Earl Jones’s life and career, please see his autobiography, Voices and Silences, available through bookstores and online retailers.

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