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Cicely Tyson to Star in "Bountiful"

By Robert Kahn
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:49 AM EDT
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Cicely Tyson to Star in "Bountiful"

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Cicely Tyson poses for a photo during a November event sponsored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance in Washington, D.C.

After a 30-year absence, Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson will return to Broadway this spring in a limited engagement of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”

“In many ways Broadway is my ‘Bountiful’ and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate and funny character in a timeless American classic," Tyson said Monday in a statement distributed by producers.

The 14-week run will begin on March 31 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 23. Additional casting has not been announced.

Foote’s drama tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas one last time against the wishes of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law.

Tyson became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for 1974’s “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” She was Oscar-nominated for the 1972 feature film “Sounder.” Her last Broadway appearance was the 1983 revival of "The Corn Is Green."

“The Trip to Bountiful” will be directed by Michael Wilson.

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