Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll to star in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ on Broadway

Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll Set for 'A Raisin In The Sun'


Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll are set to return to the stage in a Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Previews begin March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with an opening night scheduled for April 3. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington on Broadway to a Tony in “Fences,” will helm the production.

The producers noted in their announcement  of the revival that it will be Carroll’s “first Broadway appearance in over 30 years” – the most recent one having been a brief fill-in turn in 1983 as the psychiatrist in “Agnes of God.”

Carroll played a grandmother in the recent film, “Peeples” and has had a recurring role as a wealthy widow on the USA network television series, “White Collar.” She helped make television history in 1968 starring in the title role of the NBC sitcom “Julia,” playing a nurse and war-widowed single mom in a notable departure from then-prevalent stereotypes for black women on TV.

This will be the first time original Broadway production in 1959 featured Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands, all who reunited for a 1961 film adaptation.

The new production will also star Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) , making her Broadway debut as Ruth Younger, and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose (“Caroline, or Change”) as Beneatha Younger.

The cast also includes Stephen Tyrone Williams, most recently in “Lucky Guy,” and Jason Dirden and Tony-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson, both of whom were in the recent revival of “Fences” with Washington.