James Earl Jones to return to Broadway

Nov. 16, 2004 at 3:46 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- James Earl Jones returns to Broadway after 17 years to play opposite Leslie Uggams in a black cast revival of Ernest Thompson's 1979 play, "On Golden Pond."

The play recently finished a run at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and at the DuPont Theater in Wilmington, Del., and will open at the Cort Theater on Broadway April 7, it was announced Tuesday. It will be as $2 million production and will have an open-ended run.

Jones, 73, already has two Tony Awards for best Broadway performances in 1969 as a boxer in "The Great White Hope" and in 1987 as a fading ballplayer in "Fences," a play that marked his last appearance on Broadway. Since then his career has been devoted to films and to TV commercials.

In "On Golden Pond," Jones will play curmudgeonly Norman Thayer, a role taken in the screen version of the family drama by Henry Fonda, acting opposite Katharine Hepburn.

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