Diahann Carroll Issues Statement Regarding Departure from A Raisin in the Sun Broadway Revival

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10 Feb 2014

Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll

Tony Award-winning actress Diahann Carroll, who was to return to Broadway this spring in the anticipated revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington, has issued a statement on her departure from the production.

Producers announced Feb. 9 that the acclaimed film, television and stage star would not appear in the production as announced and that actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson would replace her in the role of matriarch Lena Younger.

A representative for the production told Playbill.com that Carroll withdrew from the production due to the vigorous demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule.

"The pace of filming movies and TV projects is quite different than the extensive amount of time preparing and appearing 'live' on Broadway eight times a week. I enjoyed working with Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Kenny Leon and an amazing cast and I wish them well," Carroll said in a statement.

Carroll also appears as June Ellington on the USA television series "White Collar." A Raisin in the Sun was to mark the highly anticipated Broadway return of the acclaimed actress after more than a 30-year absence from the New York stage. Carroll is a Tony Award winner for No Strings. Her stage credits also include Sunset Boulevard, Agnes of God and her 1954 Broadway debut in Harold Arlen's House of Flowers.



Directed by Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun will begin Broadway previews March 8 at the Barrymore Theatre. The limited 14-week engagement officially opens April 3.

Academy Award winner Washington (Fences), a Tony Award winner for Fences, will star as Walter Lee Younger in a cast that will also feature Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda," Broadway debut) as Ruth Younger, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) as Beneatha Younger, Sean Patrick Thomas as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden (Fences) as George Murchison, Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences) as Bobo, David Cromer (director and star of Our Town, director of Tribes and The House of Blue Leaves) as Karl Lindner and 13-year-old actor Bryce Clyde Jenkins (Broadway debut, "The To-Do List," "Easy A") as Travis Younger.

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