Denzel Washington Returning To Broadway In A Raisin in the Sun
Denzel Washington is prepping for the release of a new film, 2 Guns, but early next year he is going to be on a Broadway stage. The Oscar-winning actor has revealed that he will be starring in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin In The Sun.
The New York Daily News reports:
Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, “2 Guns,” the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he’s set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
“We start previews in March,” he said.
Washington then explained his motivation for returning to the stage.
“I’m trying to keep up with my wife. My wife has been doing a lot more theater than me,” he said as Pearson smiled.
Washington said they were heading to North Carolina for the National Black Theatre Festival, where Pearson is starring in the award-winning “Power Play.”
Sidney Poitier starred in the original Broadway version of the play in 1959. The story is about a Black family living in poverty and striving for better in Chicago’s South Side. Recently, Sean “Diddy” Combs played the role of Walter Lee Younger in Hansberry’s play for a 2004 revival and also starred in its 2008 film adaptation.
Although critics says Combs did a capable job, we’re betting Washington will be a vast improvement (assuming he plays Walter Younger).
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