Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids premieres “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Spectrum Theater’s main stage 8 p.m. tonight. Shows runs through March 30 as a part of their 21st season celebrating “A Season of Survivors.”
“Driving Miss Daisy” was originally written by Alfred Uhry and performed off of Broadway before it was adapted into an Academy Award winning film in 1989. The show begins in the 1950s and spans over 20 years of the relationship between Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow and Hoke, her African American driver.
The ensemble performance stars Jerome Richards, Nancy Wagner, Patrick Henderson and Ruth Ann Molenaar.
Lewis Richards, who is co-directing the show with Len Robinson, believes there is a lot to take away from “Driving Miss Daisy.”
“I feel this story is a lot about education, tradition and building multicultural relationships,” Richards said. “To me, this is so much a show about the little pieces in life that end up changing our lives. It’s not necessarily the big moments, but those little things that you don’t take that big of a chance on. We have so many little moments that end up changing our lives, and hopefully people will see that in the show.”