I really want to see a play on Broadway in New York City, so that ranks pretty high on my bucket list (a dog is #1). In the meantime, I watch the Tonys on TV and catch what I can on film or traveling productions where I live. I said all that to tell you that Lifetime Television is premiering a movie version of The Trip to Bountiful on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. I’m excited.
First of all, Lifetime kept legend Cicely Tyson, 88, in the starring role as Carrie Watts. Ms. Tyson won a Tony Award for her performance in the play, which received a total of four nominations. Equally compelling for me, Vanessa Williams, who also scored great reviews in the Broadway production, is in the movie, too.
Twitter-style recap of the story by playwright Horton Foote: It’s 1947. Old lady lives with her wimpy son and stuck-up daughter-in-law. She yearns to see her hometown, Bountiful, once more before she dies. The kids say no. She runs away determined to get there somehow.
About that daughter-in-law. Here’s how Backstage describes her:
“Vanessa Williams manages the difficult task of fully portraying Jessie Mae’s shallowness and narcissism without making her a shrew. Still beautiful in middle age, her Jessie Mae is a restless, bored woman for whom childlessness is much more of a sorrow than she lets on”