Cicely Tyson to Star in ‘Trip to Bountiful’ on Broadway

Cicely Tyson

Academy Award-nominated actress Cicely Tyson will return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years to star in a revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 drama “The Trip to Bountiful.” The 14-week run is to begin previews on March 31 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, with opening night scheduled for April 23. Tyson, 78, will play Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her hometown of Bountiful, Tex., before she dies. First produced as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts, the play had its Broadway premiere later that year with the same cast. Foote adapted his play into a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, who won an Academy Award. Tyson’s last stage appearance was in the Broadway revival of “The Corn is Green” in 1983. Her other stage credits include “The Blacks” (1961) by Jean Genet, and “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright” (1962), with Alvin Ailey. She was nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her performance in the 1972 film “Sounder,” and in 1974 won two Emmy Awards for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”
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