The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway Revival of A Raisin in the Sun Starring Denzel Washington

The Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, officially opened April 3 at the Barrymore Theatre.

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington (Photo by Brigitte Lacombe)

The production, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, began performances March 8 for a 14-week limited engagement through June 15.

Washington, who won the 2010 Tony Award for his performance in August Wilson's  Fences, stars as Walter Lee Younger opposite film, television and stage actress Jackson as Lena Younger. The production also stars Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda," Broadway debut) as Ruth Younger, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ( Caroline, or Change) as Beneatha Younger,  Stephen Tyrone Williams ( Lucky Guy) 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 Bryce Clyde Jenkins (Broadway debut, "The To-Do List," "Easy A") as Travis Younger.

The critics have filed their reviews and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.


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