Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson will return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years in a revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful.
One of the most celebrated actresses of the last 50 years, Tyson has starred in numerous films including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, King, and Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, but this Emmy-winner is no stranger to the stage. Her theater credits include Jolly’s Progress (1959), A Hand Is On The Gate (1966), and Trumpets of the Lord (1969). Her last stage appearance was in the Broadway revival of The Corn is Green in 1983.
Tyson is set to play Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, against the wishes of her controlling children. The play follows her on a heartbreaking but inspirational journey that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the power of faith. “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home – the stage,” stated Tyson 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.”
Directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson (The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Defying Gravity), The Trip to Bountiful is scheduled for a 14-week limited engagement at the Stephen Soundheim Theatre. The play opens April 23 with previews beginning March 31.