Prize-winning tale of friendship: Driving Miss Daisy

The Granbury Theatre Company brings to the stage a comedy of an unlikely friendship with “Driving Miss Daisy.”

The show, a fan favorite for decades, opens Friday and runs through June 15 at the Granbury Opera House.

Directed by Kent Whites, the show stars Tonya Laree as Daisy Werthan and Ronald Sam as Hoke Coleburn. Brian Lawson will play Boolie Werthan, Daisy’s protective son.

The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry follows the charming adventures of a southern matriarch (Daisy) and chauffeur over a 25-year friendship. It reveals the power of the human heart to overcome prejudices and open up to new possibilities.

When it becomes a challenge for the elderly Miss Daisy to drive a car, Boolie hires Hoke to be her chauffeur. At first Daisy is reluctant to the idea, and is not hesitant to say so.

As time goes on, Daisy and Hoke develop a special friendship and respect for each other. She puts aside her prejudices and sees him for the kind friend he is.

Released as a major motion picture in 1989, it starred Morgan Freeman as Hoke, Jessica Tandy as Daisy, and Dan Aykroyd as Boolie. All three earned Oscar nominations, with Tandy winning for Best Actress, at age 81 the oldest winner of the award.

The film also became the first ever based on an off-Broadway production to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. In all, the movie received nine nominations and won four.

Along with four years off-Broadway, the play was performed on London’s West End and on Broadway, along with tours of the UK and Australia.