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Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams Join Cicely Tyson in "Bountiful"

By Robert Kahn
|  Friday, Dec 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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Gooding Jr., Williams Sign on for "Bountiful"

Alberto E. Rodriguez

Vanessa Williams, pictured at the NAACP Image Awards in January, will co-star alongside Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in this spring's revival of "The Trip to Bountiful"

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Cicely Tyson will be in fine company when she returns to Broadway this spring in "The Trip to Bountiful." 

Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad will co-star alongside her in the revival of Horton Foote’s classic, which begins previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 31.

"The Trip to Bountiful" tells the story of Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time, against the wishes of her family. Gooding ("Jerry Maguire") will play her overprotective son, and Williams ("Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives") the domineering daughter-in-law.

As Playbill reminds, "The Trip to Bountiful" premiered as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts. The play had its Broadway premiere later that year with the same cast, which also included Eva Marie Saint.

Directed by Michael Wilson, the 14-week limited engagement starring Tyson will officially open April 23.

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