Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson will return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years to star in a new production of the Horton Foote classic, The Trip to Bountiful, directed by Michael Wilson and produced by Nelle Nugent.
The 14-week limited engagement will begin previews on Easter Sunday, March 31st at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with and official opening night scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd. Additional casting will also be announced shortly.
“For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home – the stage,” stated Ms. Tyson. “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.”
Cicely Tyson is one of the most celebrated actresses of the last 50 years. Tyson’s first professional stage performance, in the highly acclaimed, long running stage production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks, along with her performance as Mavis in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, earned her the coveted off-Broadway Vernon Rice Award. Her last stage appearance was in the Broadway revival of The Corn is Green in 1983. Other Broadway credits include Trumpets of the Lord (1969), A Hand Is On The Gate (1966), Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (1963), The Cool World (1960), and Jolly’s Progress (1959), in which she understudied Eartha Kitt.
Tyson became both the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and the only actress to receive two Emmy Awards for the same role as Jane in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974). She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1972 feature film Sounder.
The touching American classic, The Trip to Bountiful, tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.