Producer John Frost announced today that a Perth season of Driving Miss Daisy has been added to the current Australian tour, playing at His Majesty's Theatre from June 8 for only 12 performances.
Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic play Driving Miss Daisy is proving to be the "must see" event in the 2013 Theatre Season across Australia. Since the sold out Brisbane season opened, the show has been receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The production stars two of the titans of Hollywood and Broadway- five-time Tony Award and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner James Earl Jones, alongside four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines.
The Courier Mail said, "It was a spine-tingling piece of theatre that pulled you into the performance - and never let you go... they take what is already a warm, funny, engaging and compelling piece of theatre and turn it into something truly magnificent. This is a theatrical masterpiece that those who are fortunate enough to see will never forget." The Australian claimed, "From the moment Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones enter simultaneously from opposite wings in Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, the spontaneous eruption of applause indicates that everyone's aware of the theatrical master class lying ahead... For the audience, this is such an easy production to love, given the whole-hearted warmth and generosity of the performances." Stage Whispers reported "a trilogy of perfection", Aussietheatre praised "a once in a life-time opportunity" and Theatre People said the production was "warm, honestly funny, sincere, composed, poised and utterly astounding."
Producer John Frost said, "I'm thrilled that Angela, James Earl and Boyd have been able to alter their schedules to allow Perth audiences to share in this wonderful and moving production. It is truly a rare and exceptional opportunity for Australian audiences to see a cast of Broadway and Hollywood royalty in one of the most enduring and popular stage plays of our time. After the sell-out season in Brisbane, audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and now Perth should prepare for an extraordinary experience!"
A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her compassionate African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.