Denzel Washington Julius Caesar to Open April 3

News   Denzel Washington Julius Caesar to Open April 3 The new staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar coming to Broadway — and starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington — will open April 3, 2005, after previews from March 8. The Belasco is the theatre.

As previously reported, Washington is set to star as one of the most noted of political and personal betrayers, Brutus. Daniel Sullivan (Proof), a director not typically associated with the Bard, will stage the political tragedy.

The production will be produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Freddy DeMann.

The Belasco's current resident, Dracula the Musical, will shutter on Jan. 2, it was announced Dec. 7.

The Julius Caesar design staff will include Ralph Funicello (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Mimi Jordan Sherin (lighting design) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound design).

Washington, 49, earned Oscars for his turns in the films "Training Day" and "Glory." The actor is also known for his work in "Philadelphia," "Malcolm X," "The Hurricane," "The Manchurian Candidate" and his recent directorial debut, "Antwone Fisher." Washington last appeared on Broadway in 1988's Checkmates. Director Sullivan staged this season's Sight Unseen and is currently slated to helm two other upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club productions: Brooklyn Boy and After the Night and the Music.

Casting for the play's other major roles — Cassius, Marc Antony, Julius Caesar — has not been announced, but A-list actors are expected.

Julius Caesar hasn't been seen on Broadway since 1950. It was recently produced in Central Park by the Public Theater, with a cast including Jeffrey Wright.

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