Denzel Washington to Return to Broadway + A Look Back at his debut in ‘Checkmates’

Denzel Washington, who celebrated his 58th birthday last month, may return to the Broadway stage in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

According to New York Post writer Michael Riedel, Washington will play Walter Lee Younger in the show.

Washington made his Broadway debut in a 1988 production of Ron Milner’s Checkmates. The production starred heavy hitters such as Ruby Dee and Paul Winfield, but closed shortly after opening due to low ticket sales and bad reviews.

Washington won a Tony award in 2010 for his role in a Broadway production of August Wilson’s Fences. His latest film, Flight, was recently relased and landed him in the number one spot on‘s Top 10 Performances of 2012 list.

Check out the full opening night Playbill, featuring Washington’s Broadway debut bio and an early-career headshot via the Playbill Vault.