The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, starring veteran Hollywood actors Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, will skip Perth when it tours Australia next year.
The play was originally set for a three-week run at the Playhouse in Brisbane next year but because of unprecedented demand for tickets, the play will now tour Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, producer *John Frost *announced yesterday.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of a decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn.
Last in Australia in 1959, Lansbury, pictured above, is a five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Oscar nominee. She is best known for her starring role in the long-running TV series Murder, She Wrote.
Jones, who has two best leading actor Tonys to his name, received an Honorary Academy Award in 2011. He is best known for playing the voice of Darth Vader. He was also the voice behind Mufasa in The Lion King.