Cicely Tyson to return to Broadway in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Cicely Tyson

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Here’s your chance to see an acting legend command a stage in person.

Emmy winner Cicely Tyson will assume the lead role of Carrie Watts in the new Broadway production of  Horton Foote’s  The Trip to Bountiful,  which begin previews March 31, 2013, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

The role marks a return to Broadway for Tyson after thirty years and the first time the character has been enacted by a woman of color.  “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home – the stage,” Tyson said in a statement. “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.”

 Bountiful, according to press notes, 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.”

Tyson won an Emmy for her role in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” in which she played a former slave. She last appeared on Broadway in Emlyn Williams’ “The Corn Is Green” in 1983.

The Trip To Bountiful will officially open April 23 for a 14-week limited engagement.  For more information visit TheTripToBountifulBroadway.com.

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