James Earl Jones to Star in Broadway Revival of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU This Fall?
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Jones would play the grandfather, backed by the same group of producers who did Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN in 2012.
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's three-act play YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU originally opened on Broadway at the Booth Theater in 1936. It went on to win the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subsequent screen adaptation won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Ellis Rabb also mounted a Broadway revival in 1983, starring Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, George Rose and Elizabeth Wilson.
Among Jones's many Broadway credits are Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, On Golden Pond, Fences, MASTER HAROLD ... and the boys, Othello, A Lesson From Aloes, Paul Robeson, Of Mice and Men, The Iceman Cometh, Les Blancs, The Great White Hope, A Hand Is on the Gate, Danton's Death, Infidel Caesar, The Cool World and Sunrise at Campobello. He won Tony Awards for his performances in Fences and The Great White Hope.
Jones will next appear on the big screen in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and Starbright. His recent film credits include Gimme Shelter, Jack and the Beanstalk, Click and more. He is also well known for his voicework as Darth Vader in the Star Wars series and Mufasa in The Lion King. Jones has also won three Emmy Awards and received an Honorary Academy Award in 2011.
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