Will Denzel Washington Return to Broadway in Revival of A Raisin in the Sun?
By Andrew Gans
Denzel Washington, who won a Tony Award for his performance in the revival of August Wilson's Fences, may be heading back to Broadway.
The New York Post reports that the Oscar winner will play Walter Lee Younger in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington in Fences, will direct.
Scott Rudin will produce the revival, which is aiming for spring 2014. No official announcement about the production has been made.
Washington made his Broadway debut in Checkmates (1988) and also appeared in Julius Caesar (2005). Other theatre credits include Richard III, The Mighty Gents, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, When the Chickens Come Home to Roost and an Obie Award for A Soldier's Play. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his performances in "Training Day" and "Glory" and received Oscar nominations for his performances in "The Hurricane," "Malcolm X" and "Cry Freedom."
A Raisin in the Sun premiered in 1959. It was the first Broadway play written by, directed by and starring African-Americans. Lloyd Richards directed a cast that included Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett — who also appeared in the 1961 film version. The play was also adapted for a 1989 TV movie starring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle and also served as source material for the musical, Raisin. A 2004 Broadway revival, which was also preserved for TV, included Sean Combs as Walter Lee Younger, Audra McDonald as Ruth Younger, Phylicia Rashad as Lena Younger and Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha Younger. (McDonald and Rashad earned Tony Awards for their Broadway performances; Lathan was Tony-nominated.) Kenny Leon staged the revival, which also received a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play.
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