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  • 24Emmy
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    Denzel Washington Heads Back To Broadway In ‘A Raisin In The Sun’
    By THE DEADLINE TEAM
    | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:52pm PDT

    Denzel Washington will star opposite Diahann Carroll in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin In The Sun. Previews begin March 8, 2014, with opening night on April 3, 2014 at the Barrymore Theatre where the original production opened 55 years ago. Set on Chicago’s South Side, A Raisin In The Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Carroll). Rounding out the cast are Stephen Tyrone Williams, Jason Dirden, and Stephen McKinley Henderson. Washington won a Best Actor Tony for his performance in 2010′s Fences. The Kenny Leon-directed A Raisin In The Sun is a limited engagement, running 14 weeks only through June 15, 2014. Washington currently can be seen in Universal’s action thriller 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg which opens tomorrow.

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    I know the age of a performer is less important in theater compared to film and television, but it still feels weird to read that Denzel Washington will play the lead in “A Raisin in the Sun”. It’s the same feeling as the one elicited by the announcement that Philip Seymour Hoffman had been cast in “Death of a Salesman”.

    Diahann Carroll is another strange choice. In my mind she’s more of a glamorous diva but since she’s a very good actress, she will probably adapt and ultimately fit in the world of this play.

    I’m glad Sophie Okonedo got such a good role in a high profile production. She deserved a bigger career after her Oscar nomination.

    At first I thought it’s too soon for another revival but then I realized the two productions are actually ten years apart. Do you think they will ever revive the musical version “Raisin”? It won the Tony for Best Musical.

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    GoMe91
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    Tony bait!

    In all seriousness, Raisin in the Sun is my favorite play. I think Anika will be great. I’m not too familiar with Carroll but I’m sure she’ll be fine. Denzel doesn’t look his age. I think he could do a great job. Certainly better than P Diddy who, IMO, wasn’t terrible…but he didn’t play the character like Handsberry intended. 

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    I only saw the movie and I still can’t get Phylicia Rashad’s Lena Younger out of my head so going from that grit to someone like Diahann Carroll (who is the epitome of class) will be interesting. Denzel is an upgrade from Puff Daddy and could easily win another Tony for this. Love the casting of Anika and Sophie also. Tony bait indeed.

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    vinny
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    Diahann Carroll is always a plus. I think she is a lock for the tony win if she does really well.

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    I only saw the movie and I still can’t get Phylicia Rashad’s Lena Younger out of my head so going from that grit to someone like Diahann Carroll (who is the epitome of class) will be interesting. Denzel is an upgrade from Puff Daddy and could easily win another Tony for this. Love the casting of Anika and Sophie also. Tony bait indeed.

    P Diddy was in that??! When? That must have been a disaster.  

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    [quote=”eastwest”]I only saw the movie and I still can’t get Phylicia Rashad’s Lena Younger out of my head so going from that grit to someone like Diahann Carroll (who is the epitome of class) will be interesting. Denzel is an upgrade from Puff Daddy and could easily win another Tony for this. Love the casting of Anika and Sophie also. Tony bait indeed.

    P Diddy was in that??! When? That must have been a disaster.  [/quote]
    Chile yes. He was surprisingly decent, but with a powerhouse like Denzel, the role will match the actor.

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    UPDATE: Dihanna Caroll has dropped out of the play. Latonya Richardson will be replacing her in the play!

     http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/diahann-carroll-pulls-out-of-raisin-in-the-sun-revival-latanya-richardson-jackson-will-replace

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I’m sorry….I just don’t get the casting of Denzel.  Walter Lee Younger is supposed to be in his thirties.  So Denzel Washington is playing a role that is really too young for him.  I just think the casting is wrong.

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    Discussion on this has been underway in the 13-14 season thread, but yes, he is too old, though the writing for this one was on the wall when Fences became the gigantic hit that it was. 

    Denzel is 59; LaTanya Richardson Jackson, playing his mother, is 64.

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