US stars steer Daisy
ETERAN Hollywood actors Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will star in an Australian production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy.
It will be staged at the Playhouse, QPAC, in Brisbane for an exclusive season from February 5, 2013.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of a decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her compassionate AfricanAmerican chauffeur, Hoke Colburn.
Driving Miss Daisy, directed by David Esbjornson, recently played sell-out seasons on Broadway and on the West End.
Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Oscar nominee. She is known for her starring role as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running US television series Murder, She Wrote (1984-96).
Co-star Jones, who has two best leading actor Tonys to his name, received an Honorary Academy Award in 2011.
He is best known for his role as Darth Vader (for the voice only) in Star Wars.
Jones and Lansbury recently performed together in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.
Australian theatre producer John Frost says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for theatregoers to see ‘‘two of the finest actors in the world today’’.
‘‘ Driving Miss Daisy has proved to be one of the most enduring and popular stage plays of our time, and we’re lucky enough to have assembled a cast of Broadway and Hollywood royalty,’’ Frost says.
plays the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, in Brisbane, from February 5, 2013. Tickets go on sale on August 13.
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