It’s Official: Denzel Washington Back to Broadway in ‘Raisin’

Denzel Washington Broadway Raisin
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Diahann Carroll, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo will co-star

An upcoming Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” touted by topliner Denzel Washington in the press but not yet confirmed, has locked in its details, booking the Ethel Barrymore Theater for a run that opens in April.

Diahann Carroll, who hasn’t appeared on the Main Stem since a 1982 stint in “Agnes of God,” will co-star with Washington alongside Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (“Caroline, or Change,” “Dreamgirls”) and Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). Stephen Tyrone Williams (“Lucky Guy”) also appears in the cast, as do two alumni of the 2010 revival of “Fences” in which Washington also starred, Jason Dirden and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

Production will be directed by Kenny Leon, who not only helmed Washington in “Fences” but also directed the last Broadway revival of the 1959 Lorraine Hansberry play. That 2004 staging starred Sean Combs, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad.

In the new production, Washington will star as Walter Lee Younger, the head of an African American family in 1950s Chicago, forced to juggle his own dreams and ambitions with those of his mother (Carroll), his wife (Okonedo) and his sister (Rose).

Production marks the latest play revival with a powerhouse Hollywood cast from producer Scott Rudin, whose recent Broadway credits have included not only “Fences” but last year’s “Death of a Salesman” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. Up next: “Betrayal” starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, set to open in the fall.

“Raisin in the Sun” begins previews March 8 ahead of an April 3 opening at the Barrymore.

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