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Which Classic Play is Denzel Washington Eyeing for His Broadway Return?

Which Classic Play is Denzel Washington Eyeing for His Broadway Return?
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Denzel Washington may lead a Broadway revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

Tony winner Denzel Washington recently revealed he's on the hunt for a play for his Broadway return, and the popular actor may have made a decision. The Oscar winner is eyeing playing Walter in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, according to the New York Post. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington in his last Broadway outing Fences, will helm the production, which is aiming to bow in spring 2014.

A Raisin in the Sun follows an impoverished African American family living in Chicago. Patirarch Walter currently works as a limo driver and dreams of providing a better future for his family. When his mother receives an insurance check she plans to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood (this plot point recently inspired the Tony-winning play Clybourne Park). The play first premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1959 at the Barrymore Theatre. The play earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Play as well as acting nods for stars Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil. A 2004 revival, also directed by Leon, won Tonys for Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald. The production starred Sean Combs as Walter in his Broadway debut.

No further casting or potential theater have been announced at this time.

 

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