Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party

Directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?), Driving Miss Daisy began performances on October 7, 2010, at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), and officially opened Monday, October 25, 2010. The 16-week limited engagement runs through Saturday, January 29, 2011.

Mr. Uhry's classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture?s most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan (Redgrave), a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son, Boolie (Gaines), hires Hoke Coleburn (Jones), an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version (4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.

The creative team of Driving Miss Daisy includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Wendall K. Harrington(Projection Design), Christopher Cronin (Sound Design) and Mark Bennett (Music).

Driving Miss Daisy is produced on Broadway by Jed Bernstein, Adam Zotovich, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, Beth Kloiber, Albert Nocciolino, Jon Platt, StylesFour Productions, Ruth Hendel/Shawn Emamjomeh, Larry Hirschhorn/Spring Sirkin, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergere, in association with Michael Filerman.

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Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
"Driving Miss Daisy"

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
"Driving Miss Daisy"

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
"Driving Miss Daisy"

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
"Driving Miss Daisy"

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
David Esbjornson

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David Esbjornson & guest

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David Esbjornson

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Adam Zotovich

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Adam Zotovich & wife

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Tony Roberts

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Tony Roberts

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Tovah Feldshuh

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Tovah Feldshuh

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Tovah Feldshuh and her husband Andrew Harris-Levy

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Tovah Feldshuh and her husband Andrew Harris-Levy

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Brian Dennehy

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Brian Dennehy

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Brian Dennehy

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B.D. Wong

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Uhry

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David Esbjornson, Alfred Uhry & Jed Bernstein

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
David Esbjornson, Alfred Uhry & Jed Bernstein

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
Alfred Uhry & Jed Bernstein

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Alfred Uhry & Jed Bernstein

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Jason Robert Brown and his wife Georgia Stitt Brown

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Morocco Coleman

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Morocco Coleman & guest

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Daryl Roth & Steven Roth

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Jacques Azoulay

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Jacques Azoulay

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Count Stovall

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Bebe Neuwirth & husband Chris Calkins

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Bebe Neuwirth & husband Chris Calkins

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Bebe Neuwirth

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Bebe Neuwirth

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Bebe Neuwirth

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines

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James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones & Cecilia Hart

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones & Cecilia Hart

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones & Cecilia Hart

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones & Cecilia Hart

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones & Cecilia Hart

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones

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Vanessa Redgrave

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Vanessa Redgrave

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Vanessa Redgrave

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Vanessa Redgrave & son Carlo Nero

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party
"Driving Miss Daisy"

Photo Coverage: DRIVING MISS DAISY Opening Night Party

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.