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Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones star in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Goodbye, Miss Daisy! Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones & Co. Say Farewell to the Hit Revival

Goodbye, Miss Daisy! Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones & Co. Say Farewell to the Hit Revival
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James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Boyd Gaines and that famous Packard drove off into the sunset on April 9, 2011, when the Broadway revival of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy played its final performance at the Golden Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the unlikely and life-altering friendship between a feisty Southern widow and her African-American chauffeur celebrated its opening ...

Driving Miss Linney! The Stage & Screen Star Hitches a Ride to Daisy

Driving Miss Linney! The Stage & Screen Star Hitches a Ride to Daisy
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Laura Linney loves theater, so we’re not surprised that the celebrated star of Broadway’s Time Stands Still and TV’s The Big C took time to see one of the season’s most lauded productions, Driving Miss Daisy, on March 26. Accompanying Linney was her pal and TV brother, John Benjamin Hickey. (Fun fact: They also co-starred on Broadway in The Crucible ...

James Earl Jones Welcomes Gayle King & Sanaa Lathan to Driving Miss Daisy

James Earl Jones Welcomes Gayle King & Sanaa Lathan to Driving Miss Daisy

The always hospitable James Earl Jones welcomed a pair of lovely ladies to the March 22 performance of Driving Miss Daisy, talk show host (and Oprah BFF) Gayle King and off-Broadway-bound actress Sanaa Lathan. Jones knows both visitors well: He recently channeled Justin Bieber on King’s new TV show, and he starred as Big Daddy opposite Lathan’s Maggie last year ...

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Baby! Driving Miss Daisy Star James Earl Jones Channels Justin Bieber

Baby! Driving Miss Daisy  Star James Earl Jones Channels Justin Bieber

At this point in his career, requests to read anything and everything are no surprise for Driving Miss Daisy star James Earl Jones. However, Gayle King may have trumped every past voiceover the actor has done when she asked Jones to do a reading of Justin Bieber's hot hit single "Baby" on her new talk show. Ever amiable, Jones played ...

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Daisy Déjà Vu! Original Driving Miss Daisy Star Morgan Freeman Visits James Earl Jones & Co. on Broadway

 Daisy Déjà Vu! Original Driving Miss Daisy Star Morgan Freeman Visits James Earl Jones & Co. on Broadway
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Broadway’s Driving Miss Daisy got a very special visitor on February 10 when Oscar winner Morgan Freeman stopped by for a trip down memory lane. Freeman starred in the original 1987 off-Broadway production of the play, about the relationship between an elderly, widowed Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur Hoke Colburn. He reprised the role in the 1989 film ...

Super Bowl's Mini Darth Vader Meets James Earl Jones at Driving Miss Daisy

Super Bowl's Mini Darth Vader Meets James Earl Jones at Driving Miss Daisy

In a crowded field of Super Bowl commercials, six-year-old Max Page became an instant media darling for his memorable “performance” as Darth Vader in an ad for Volkswagen’s 2012 Passat. (Outfitted in the familiar black costume, the pint-size performer uses the Force to start the car—with a little help from a remote control held by his father.) Page made the ...

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James Earl Jones Charms Driving Miss Daisy Fans Kathie Lee & Hoda

James Earl Jones Charms Driving Miss Daisy Fans Kathie Lee & Hoda

Think a winter storm could keep Driving Miss Daisy star James Earl Jones away from the Today studio in New York's Rockefeller Center? “I’m from Michigan!” the star reminded co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during a February 2 visit to the morning chat show. Jones spoke of his love for Alfred Uhry’s hit play and also about ...

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On His 80th Birthday, Daisy Star James Earl Jones Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On His 80th Birthday, Daisy Star James Earl Jones Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Let’s sing a belated chorus of “Happy Birthday” to James Earl Jones, the towering star of Driving Miss Daisy! Appropriately enough, the great actor’s 80th birthday fell on January 17, when America was celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jones began his special day at an event held at Dr. King’s eponymous high school on the Upper ...

Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett & Daniel Beaty Hitch a Ride to Driving Miss Daisy

Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett & Daniel Beaty Hitch a Ride to Driving Miss Daisy
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It was a happy Fences reunion on January 7 for Courtney B. Vance and his Tony-winning former stage dad James Earl Jones after a performance of the hit Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy. Accompanied by his actress wife, Angela Bassett, Vance congratulated Jones and co-star Boyd Gaines backstage, then posed for photos with Jones and his real-life son, Flynn ...

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance Share a Warm Daisy Reunion with James Earl Jones

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance Share a Warm Daisy Reunion with James Earl Jones

In the spring on 1987, James Earl Jones and Courtney B. Vance teamed up as father and son in the unforgettable Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Fences. (Jones won the Best Actor Tony Award; Vance was nominated in the Featured Actor category.) Almost 23 years later, the former co-stars and Vance’s actress wife, Angela Bassett, had a happy backstage reunion ...

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James Earl Jones Lends His Inimitable Voice to a New Ad for Driving Miss Daisy

James Earl Jones Lends His Inimitable Voice to a New Ad for Driving Miss Daisy

After announcing a two-month extension of Driving Miss Daisy, the show’s producers wisely turned to one of the most trusted pitchmen on the planet to narrate a TV ad for the hit Broadway production: their star, James Earl Jones. On January 4, the voice of Verizon, CNN and more took his place onstage at the Golden Theatre to speak from ...

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Turning 80, James Earl Jones Vows to Continue Driving Miss Daisy

Turning 80, James Earl Jones Vows to Continue Driving Miss Daisy

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

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Today's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Celebrate Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones

Today's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Celebrate Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones
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It was a happy afternoon at the Golden Theatre on December 15, as producers Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich took the stage after the matinee performance of Driving Miss Daisy for a special announcement: James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines have agreed to extend their engagement in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play to April 9, 2011, rather than ...

Driving Miss Daisy Announces Broadway Extension

Driving Miss Daisy Announces Broadway Extension

In a fall season that has seen a number of plays falter at the box office, the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy is a solid hit. Now comes word that James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines have agreed to extend their engagement in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play through April 9 at the Golden Theatre. Driving Miss ...

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James Earl Jones on Miss Daisy, Star Wars and 'the Voice of God'

James Earl Jones on Miss Daisy, Star Wars and 'the Voice of God'

As James Earl Jones approaches his 80th birthday (“January 17, same as Benjamin Franklin,” he says with a trademark grin), it’s a good time to give thanks for his remarkable career. An early favorite of Public Theater founder Joseph Papp, Jones made his mark as a young man in Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and many other ...

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Welcome to the Tiki Lounge! Daisy Star Boyd Gaines on His Jungle-Green Dressing Room

Welcome to the Tiki Lounge! Daisy Star Boyd Gaines on His Jungle-Green Dressing Room

In real-life, four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines is one of the most mild-mannered theater pros we know. But a dressing room paint color chosen by Driving Miss Daisy set designer John Lee Beatty turned “mild” into “wild”—backstage, at least. “I had picked a lighter shade of green,” Gaines explains, “and [Beatty] said, ‘That might look too institutional’ and ...

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On the Scene (and in the Packard) for Driving Miss Daisy's Opening Night

On the Scene (and in the Packard) for Driving Miss Daisy's Opening Night

On opening night of Driving Miss Daisy, a line of shiny vintage Packards snaked down 45th Street outside the Golden Theatre waiting to carry stars Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines and their Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Alfred Uhry, to the show's black-tie celebration at the Plaza Hotel. (Yes, it was the same night Charlie Sheen created a ruckus ...

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Drawing Miss Daisy: Squigs Gets Behind the Wheel for a Moving Portrait

Drawing Miss Daisy: Squigs Gets Behind the Wheel for a Moving Portrait

Two stage legends and a co-star who’s won four Tonys: We’re talking, of course, about James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines, the trio of theatrical titans who are currently headlining the hit Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy. Our resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to the Golden Theatre to see the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, and ...

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Driving Miss Daisy Gets a Glittering Black-Tie Opening

Driving Miss Daisy Gets a Glittering Black-Tie Opening
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When a show boasts James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave as its above-the-title stars, the opening night party had better be a swanky affair. Well, the two theater icons got what they deserved after Driving Miss Daisy’s big Broadway debut at the Golden Theatre on October 25: Along with co-star Boyd Gaines, the actors were chauffeured to the Plaza ...

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Enjoy the Ride at Driving Miss Daisy?

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Enjoy the Ride at Driving Miss Daisy?

Preview crowds have flocked to see Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of an elderly Atlanta matron and her relationship with the African-American man who spends 25 years as her chauffeur. Broadway.com sent new Word of Mouth panelists Emilie, Matthew and Ameil to Broadway’s Golden Theatre to check out the revival ...

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Hop in the (Imaginary) Oldsmobile for a First Look at Driving Miss Daisy

Hop in the (Imaginary) Oldsmobile for a First Look at Driving Miss Daisy
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Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines up and running at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in the first-ever Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s beloved comedy Driving Miss Daisy. We’ve got your first look at David Esbjornson’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which this trio of Tony winners play the crusty title character (Redgrave), her loyal chauffeur (Jones) and ...

Meeting Miss Daisy & Hoke: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones Preview Their Broadway Pairing

Meeting Miss Daisy & Hoke: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones Preview Their Broadway Pairing

It’s hard to believe that Alfred Uhry’s beloved 1987 comedy Driving Miss Daisy has never been produced on Broadway, but it was worth the wait to see Vanessa Redgrave in the title role and James Earl Jones as her loyal chauffeur Hoke, plus Boyd Gaines as Miss Daisy’s ever-patient son, Boolie. Just before previews began at Broadway’s Golden Theatre, the ...

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How Alfred Uhry Turned Family Memories Into the Beloved Classic Driving Miss Daisy

How Alfred Uhry Turned Family Memories Into the Beloved Classic Driving Miss Daisy

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Fun trivia question: Name the only person to win an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize for dramatic writing. Answer? Alfred Uhry, author of the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy. This loving and lovable story of an elderly Jewish matron in mid-century Atlanta who begrudgingly agrees to give up her car keys and allow ...

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A Front-Seat Look at Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones at Driving Miss Daisy's Meet & Greet

A Front-Seat Look at Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones at Driving Miss Daisy's Meet & Greet
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One of the fall’s most eagerly awaited events is the first-ever Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, the heartwarming story of a 25-year relationship between the title character, a wealthy Jewish widow in post-war Atlanta, and her African-American chauffeur. Show stars Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines (as the title character’s son) greeted the press on ...

Driving Mr. Jones: James Earl Jones Chats Up His Distinguished Career at Times Talks Event

Driving Mr. Jones: James Earl Jones Chats Up His Distinguished Career at Times Talks Event
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When you’ve been a Broadway actor for more than 50 years, there’s plenty to talk about—and Driving Miss Daisy star James Earl Jones did exactly that on September 20 at a Times Talks event moderated by New York Times reporter Patrick Healy. Jones is as in-demand now as he’s ever been, with recent credits that include playing Big Daddy in ...

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