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Cicely Tyson Talks Being Eartha Kitt's Understudy, Evolution Of Roles For Women, More

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 18, 2013 7:01 PM
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From TimesTalks: Leading Women of Broadway - a chat with 6 actresses discussing the craft of performing for theater, how roles written for women have evolved, and more.


Cicely Tyson, who just won a Tony Award for her performance in The Trip To Bountiful, is one of the 6, and she kicks off the conversation, relaying her earliest Broadway experience - being an understudy for Eartha Kitt! It feels like an entire world away; I'm sitting here just trying to grasp the thought of Cicely Tyson as Eartha Kitt's understudy. Both legends!

Talk about a one-two punch! What would an equivalent pair look like in 2013?

Watch the conversation with the 6 actresses:

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