I haven’t been to a Broadway show in a few years, but this is one that I’d definitely pay the high ticket fee to see.
Via a tweet from New York theater journalist/critic Jonathan Mandell, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson will be sharing the same Broadway stage, starring in a revival of D.L. Coburn’s "The Gin Game," at the Golden Theatre, with previews set to begin on September 21.
Directed by Leonard Foglia, the production will officially open October 13.
In the play, an elderly man and woman play repeated games of gin in their retirement home, as they slowly come to grips with what is left of their lives, in their old age,
Jones and Tyson last shared a Broadway stage in 1966 (almost 50 years ago!) when they appeared in "A Hand Is on the Gate." They also starred in the long-running off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s "The Blacks."
Tyson, 81, is a 3-time Emmy winner who won a Tony for her work in "The Trip to Bountiful" in 2013. Jones, 84, won Tonys for "Fences" and "The Great White Hope." He recently starred in "You Can’t Take It With You."
Others who have tackled "The Gin Game," include Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in 1977; as well as and Charles Durning and Julie Harris in 1997.
The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978.