The Trip to Bountiful first previewed on March 30, 2013 and opened on April 23 and closes on October 9
at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. To date, the play has grossed $13,498,945 on during its time on Broadway and seen 187 performances.
Audiences have an opportunity to see Cicely Tyson, recipient of the 2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award
for Outstanding Actress in a Play and 2013 Tony Award for Actress in a Play, in her award winning performance.
will travel to Bountiful, TX with Carrie Watts, an aging woman who leaves her son and daughter alone in a tiny apartment to
visit her hometown. As a widowed mother of two, she hopes to regain her strength and rediscover serenity. The play has been
described as an evocation of Norman Rockwell's 1950s America in its depiction.
In 1918, the Stephen
Sondheim Theatre opened as the Henry Miller's Theatre on April Fool's Day. The fools most certainly rushed in with Louis Evan
Shipman's romantic comedy,The Fountain of Youth, as its inaugural play. The romantic comedy starred Miller and was not well
received by the WWI generation. While the play was not a hit, the theatre grew and survived the wars and economic challenges
of the 21st century. Actually, the Henry Miller is the first Broadway theater to have been designed and built during the 21st
century. Miller had a distinct vision for what he believed to be the perfect theater and had the backing of Elizabeth Milbank
Anderson, a philanthropist of owned the land where the theater was built. Interestingly, the first complete Broadway score
by George Gershwin premiered at there in 1919. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre, located half block east of Times Square, had
a stint as discotheque. In 2006, the Durst family demolished the theater (leaving the historic façade) to create a modern
theatre seating a larger audience.
The original The Trip To Bountiful premiered on March 1, 1953 on NBC before hitting
Broadway at the Henry Miller's Theatre in November of that year. At the time, it ran for 39 performances. It was later seen
off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company in 2005, but did return to Broadway until the recent 2013 production starring
Cicely Tyson. The original Broadway performance starred Lillian Diana Gish, "The First Lady of Silent Screen." In a New York
Times review, Ben Brantley comments on the shift in casting African-Americans in the recent production: "Although casting
the principal roles with African-Americans may be a novelty, it's not an issue. As a portrait of the toll taken by the shift
from rural to urban life in the 20th century, and of intergenerational conflict, Bountiful is hardly race-specific."
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts is the recipient of three Emmy Awards. She received two for her performances
as Jane in The Autobiography of Jane Pittman and one for The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All. Furthermore, she has been
nominated for her performances in A Lesson Before Dying, Roots, King, The Marva Collins Story and Sweet Justice and has received
an Academy Award for Sounder. Tyson shares the stage with Vanessa Williams, who plays Jessie Mae Watts. Williams has had a
successful television and music career as well as award nominated performances on Broadway (Into the Woods and Kiss of the
Spider-Woman). Audiences will recognize her from her role on Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. The role of Ludie Watts
is performed by Leon Addison Brown (formerly portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Brown has previously appeared in the Broadway
performances of Prelude to a Kiss, On the Waterfront and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
Medal of Arts Award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner, Horton Foote, is a seasoned writer who has had his plays
produced both on and off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. In addition to numerous accolades and awards,
Foote was honored by the Theatre Hall of Fame and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Michael Wilson
directs the play, The Trip to Bountiful. Wilson has collaborated with Foote for over two decades and has received an equal
amount of recognition. The pair is joined by the remarkable creative team of usual suspects (may of whom have a history working
with Foote): Jeff Cowie (Scenic Designer), Van Broughton Ramsey (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada
(Composer/Sound Designer), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), David Alpert (Associate Director). The play, The Trip to Bountiful,
is presented by Nelle Nugent, Kevin Liles, Paula Marie Black, David R. Weinreb, Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones Harvey, Kenneth
Teaton, Carole L. Haber, Philip Geier, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg, Ricardo Hormos, Fifty Church Street Productions,
Hallie Foote, Tyson Chandler, Kimberly Chandler and its associate producers (Francesca Zambello, Faith Gay, Marvet Britto
and Randolph Sturrup) in association with Joe Sirola,Howard and Janet Kagan, Charles Salameno, Sharon A. Carr, Patricia R.
Klausner, Ray Gaspard, Andrea M. Price, Willette Murphy Klausner and Reginald M. Browne.