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The Suzan-Lori Parks revival stars Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Heather Gershonowitz

The 20th anniversary revival production of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks officially opened at Broadway's Golden Theatre October 20. The limited engagement will run through January 15, 2023.

Helmed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, who will also direct this season's premiere of Ohio State Murders, Topdog/Underdog stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (in his Broadway debut) and Tony nominee Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation, Romeo & Juliet) in the story of sibling rivalry and brotherly love centering on two brothers named Lincoln and Booth by their father as a joke.

Look inside opening night below.

Look Inside the Opening Night Red Carpet of Broadway's Topdog/Underdog

The work made its world premiere Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2001 in a production directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright. It transferred to Broadway the following year with Wright reprising his Off-Broadway performance opposite rap artist Mos Def. The production received two 2002 Tony nominations, including Best Play, and won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making Parks the first Black woman to win the honor.

The creative team includes scenic designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes, and sound designer Justin Ellington. Casting is by Calleri Jensen Davis, and Kamra Jacobs is the production stage manager. The production is produced by David Stone, LaChanze, Rashad V. Chambers, Marc Platt, Debra Martin Chase, and the Shubert Organization.

 
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