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'Raisin in the Sun' Revival Rounds Out Cast + Sets Opening Dates

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 29, 2013 12:23 PM
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Denzel Washington

Producers have set opening night for April 23, 2014 at the Barrymore Theatre for the 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, to be directed by Kenny Leon.

The show will run for 14 weeks, with previews beginning on March 8.

It seems like a long time away, but, not really. 2013 is on its tail end (we're pushing into September already), and before you know it, Christmas is around the corner, and we're celebrating the start of a brand new year.

We already know that Denzel Washington will star as Walter Lee Younger, with Sophie Okenedo as his wife, Ruth, and Anika Noni Rose as his sister Beneatha.

Diahann Carroll will play the family matriarch, Lena ("mama"). 

Stephen Tyrone Williams will play Joseph AsagaiJason Dirden will play George Murchison and Stephen McKinley Henderson will play Bobo.

Added to the cast are David Cromer who'll play Karl Lindner and Bryce Clyde Jenkins, making his Broadway debut as son, Travis Younger

Scott Rudin is producing.

A Raisin in the Sun was last on Broadway in 2004, with Sean Combs playing Walter Lee Younger, Audra McDonald as his wife Ruth Younger, Phylicia Rashad as mama Lena Younger, and Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha, and was also directed by Kenny Leon.

With this cast, I'm sure it'll be a hot seller, and a box office smash!

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  • Edwina | September 2, 2013 11:41 PMReply

    I agree with Mekeva. My first thought was, Denzel can do anything but come on. He's really too old to play Walter Lee Younger.

  • Mekeva | September 2, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    I honestly don't see how 58 year old Denzel is playing a character that is at least in his 30's. Please don't respond by stating that "Denzel is an actor and that's what actors do"...If the roles were reversed, no one would dare cast a woman to play a younger role.
    I love this play, but is it really being revived on Broadway, again? Where are other plays written by and for black actors to perform that are new and relevant to the 21st Century? We are not trying to integrate white neighborhoods anymore. In fact, it's the reverse, brought to us through gentrification. I don't think that i'll be spending money on this production, which I'm sure will be pricey.

  • Akimbo | September 4, 2013 3:34 PM

    Denzel is a movie star and that's what movie stars do: take roles that aren't necessarily the right fit. Angela Bassett was far too old for her role in The Mountaintop, as was Samuel L Jackson. Angelina Jolie's Salt was written for a man, most of Will Smith's blockbuster roles were written with white actors in mind.

    It's ridiculous for Denzel to take on this role, but there is precedent.

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