Cicely Tyson is returning to Broadway for the first time in 30 years. The Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress will star in a new production of The Trip to Bountiful. “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home – the stage,” Tyson said in a press release. “In many ways Broadway is my Bountiful and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate, and funny character in a timeless American classic.”
The Trip to Bountiful, written by Horton Foote, is the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who wants to return to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son and daughter-in-law. “The Trip to Bountiful is among Horton’s most beloved plays, and Carrie Watts, one of his most memorable characters,” said director Michael Wilson. “To do the play and role justice, you need an actress of rare stature and command. Cicely Tyson has, over the span of a distinguished career, depicted iconic Americans engaged in immense struggle. … I am thrilled that she is returning to the stage now to have her trip, to lead us all on a journey that promises to be unforgettable.”
Tyson last appeared on Broadway in the 1983 revival of The Corn is Green. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1972 feature film Sounder, and was the first African-American actor to win a Best Actress Emmy when she was honored for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974).
Bountiful premiered as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts, and the play had its Broadway premiere later that year with the same cast, which also included Eva Marie Saint. In 1986, Geraldine Page won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in director Peter Masterson’s film adaptation.
Previews will begin on Easter Sunday, March 31 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, and there are plans for the show to run for 14 weeks..