FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN!
The upcoming Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Kenny Leon, and starring Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, begins performances Saturday evening, March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (247 West 47 Street). Opening night is Thursday, April 3. The 14-week limited engagement run is scheduled through Sunday, June 15.
The company met the press earlier today, and you can check out a photo preview from the festivities below. Check back later for full coverage!
The production will also star Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) making her Broadway debut as Ruth Younger, Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) as Beneatha Younger, David Cromer as Karl Lindner, Sean Patrick Thomas as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden (Fences) as George Murchison as and Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences) as Bobo.
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: son Walter Lee ( Washington), his wife Ruth (Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Rose), his son Travis (Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Jackson). When her deceased husband's money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.
Photo by Walter McBride
Stephen McKinley, Sean Patrick Thomas, David Cromer, Anika Noni Rose, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Kenny Leon, Denzel Washington, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Sophie Okonedo and James Dirden attend the Meet & Greet the stars and creative team of 'A Raisin In The Sun' on February 18, 2014 at The Rose Building in New York City.