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The Trip to Bountiful
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The Trip to Bountiful

Stephen Sondheim Theatre

2hrs, 20mins (1 Intermission)

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Cicely Tyson stars in the Broadway revival of Horton Foote's drama.

Theater Info

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
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Important Dates

Mar 30, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
Oct 09, 2013

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What Is the Story of The Trip to Bountiful?
Horton Foote’s emotional 1953 play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies. Carrie’s protective son Ludie and authoritarian daughter-in-law Jessie Mae forbid her to leave Houston, although Carrie and Jessie Mae are constantly butting heads in the Watts family's two-room apartment. While Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the bus station, and befriends a young woman named Thelma. Together, the new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she discovers her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.


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Move over, you adorable scamps in ‘Annie.’ Settle down, weird girls in ‘Matilda.’ Broadway has a new unlikely heroine, a frail widow who hums hymns and has a bad heart.

Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press

[Vanessa Williams is] a delight to watch, and looks sensational in Van Broughton Ramsey’s period costumes.

Review by David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter

Following a 30-year Broadway absence, Tyson gives an awe-inspiring performance. She sings, she dances, she does everything but cartwheels.

Review by Melissa Rose Bernardo from Entertainment Weekly

At the matinee I attended, Ms. Tyson’s interpretation of that hymn was so infectious that much of the audience was soon singing and clapping along. Ms. Tyson turned full-face to us, raised her arms and swayed in encouragement, like an impassioned choir master.

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times


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Carrie Watts
Cicely Tyson
Ludie Watts
Leon Addison Brown
Jessie Mae Watts
Vanessa Williams
Adepero Oduye
Tom Wopat


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Written by
Horton Foote
Michael Wilson
Set Designer
Jeff Cowie
Costume Designer
Van Broughton Ramsey
Lighting Designer
Rui Rita
Sound Designer
John Gromada