Now playing on Broadway: The stage version of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the revered 1985 movie that now boasts an all-African-American cast.
The play’s three principal stars — Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams — came together this week for a joint appearance on “The View” to promote the play, which was written and first performed back in 1953.
That performance was on television, as a matter of fact. Written by playwright Horton Foote — who went on to win an Oscar for writing the screenplay for “To Kill a Mockingbird” — “The Trip to Bountiful” is about an elderly woman in the 1940s who wishes to visit for one last time the small town where she grew up, a town called Bountiful, Texas. In the original production, silent-film star Lillian Gish played the role; in the 1985 movie, Geraldine Page played it and won an Oscar.
Now, on Broadway, it’s Cicely Tyson’s turn — with Gooding and Williams playing her grown son and his wife, who don’t approve of her attempts to make the trip from Houston to her former home.
Watch the three stars talk about this beloved play on “The View” this week, above.