After ending what was a successful Broadway run earlier this month (enough that it was extended twice due to demand), the revival of The Trip to Bountiful with an all-black starring cast, is heading to your TV screens, courtesy of the Lifetime TV network.
Per a notice published on Backstage.com (thanks Cordell for the heads-up), casting for the filmed version of the play is underway, although it looks like star Cicely Tyson and co-star Vanessa Williams will be reprising their roles in the telepic, as both are listed on the casting notice. No other names are mentioned.
Shooting is set to take place in Atlanta, GA throughout the month of November.
The original run of the revival also co-starred Condola Rashad (who was eventually replaced by Adepero Oduye when Rashad signed up for another Broadway play - a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet), and Cuba Gooding Jr. (making his Broadway debut; he was also eventually replaced, also due to a scheduling conflict, by Leon Addison Brown.
No word on whether any of the revival's original (or replacement) cast will also transition to the Lifetime movie adaptation.
Cicely Tyson starred in the Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 drama The Trip to Bountiful, which was directed by Michael Wilson.
The play was first produced as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts; it would later premiere on Broadway that same year with the same cast. So we're seeing a reverse of that (going from Broadway to TV this time around).
And in 1985, a film version of the play was produced, and starred Geraldine Page, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Looking forward to this, even lifetime can't fuck this up.