Denzel Washington Wants to Return to Broadway 'Every Three or Four Years'
Denzel Washington made his triumphant return to the Broadway stage last night in "A Raisin in the Sun," which opened at New York's Barrymore Theater. According to Variety, it won't be the last time we see the Oscar-winning actor on the Great White Way.
At the opening night party held at Tribeca Rooftop last evening, director Kenny Leon, who previously worked with Washington on 2010's 'Fences,' recalled the Tony-winning actor telling him, 'Look man, I want to come back to the stage every three or four years." Leon went on to explain, "So we made a commitment to do it again, and we did, and hopefully in another three or four years, we'll be back doing it again."
Says Washington, who credits his love for theater to his early stage work at New York's Fordham University, "I went to see great plays on Broadway and I said, 'That's what I want to do.'" He adds, "Much more than Hollywood, quote-unquote, that was the goal for me, to get to Broadway."
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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, opened April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), the same theatre where the original production of A Raisin in the Sun opened 55 years ago. A Raisin in the Sun is a limited engagement running through June 15.
The production also stars LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena Younger, Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo making her Broadway debut as Ruth Younger, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Roseas Beneatha Younger, Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo, David Cromer as Karl Lindner, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Sean Patrick Thomas as Joseph Asagai, and 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, also making his Broadway debut, as Travis Younger.
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. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.
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