Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....

ljay889
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PlayItAgain
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/27/12 at 11:48pm
jesus christ Leon directed the last revival are you kidding me?!?!

Updated On: 12/27/12 at 11:48 PM
henrikegerman
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/27/12 at 11:52pm
OK, I'm going to say the obvious but here goes. Washington is way too old to play Walter Younger.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/27/12 at 11:53pm
Agreed. I kept thinking isn't Walter Lee Younger usually, well, younger?

Updated On: 12/28/12 at 11:53 PM
Visceral_Fella
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:04am
Long.In.The.Tooth.
welcometothetheater
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:14am
Denzel may be too old, but I would kill to see Whoopi play Lena.
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Jordan Catalano
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:14am
I was hoping he'd be Ralphie next year in A CHRISTMAS STORY.
ljay889
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:14am
LOL
#sadandtransparent
StageManager2
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:17am
Long.In.The.Tooth.

I think his teeth are nice, but he's too old for the part.
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Visceral_Fella
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:19am
Hahahaha Jordan. I literally laughed out loud.

I too would like to see Whoopi as Lena. I didn't take to Rashad. However; I'd like to see Condola as Beneatha. She'll be a good Ruth in a few years too.
somethingwicked
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:24am
This is a very disappointing choice for Washington, considering how recent the last revival Kenny Leon did was and the fact that ABC made a television movie of that version directed by Leon with the same cast. That's not even mentioning the fact that (as others have said) that Washington is too old to be playing Walter, though I will say it's crazy to think it will already have been ten years since the last revival by the time this one happens. What is with this trend of bringing back things so quickly? Where are the new plays being produced on Broadway? Both GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS and THE BEST MAN came back this season very quickly after their last revivals too.

All that being said, if this really is what this particular team ends up doing, I can almost guarantee they'll go after Viola Davis for Ruth and Condola Rashad for Beneatha, both of whom would be inspired. I love Whoopi, but she is way too young to play Lena to Washington's Walter (he's one year older than her, so how could she ever play his mother?) The issue becomes the fact that now all the characters will have to age up. Walter is supposed to be 35, Ruth is supposed to be 30, Beneatha is supposed to be 20, and Lena is supposed to be 55. With Washington, Beneatha will have to be closer to 30, Ruth will have to be closer to 40, and Lena will have to be closer to 70.

I'll never understand why Kenny Leon is the sole director of choice when it comes to plays with African-American themes on Broadway. I generally find his work lazy and uninspired, and I think he's coasted by on the talent of his actors and their ability to turn in strong work rather than any genius of his own.



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Updated On: 12/28/12 at 12:24 AM
broadwaydevil
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:26am
Oh, yes, a black show! Let's cast famous black people that are all wrong in every way for every role.

Denzel Washington - Walter
Michelle Obama - Ruth
Condoleezza Rice - Lena
Whoopi - Beneatha
Gary Coleman - Travis (if he can still be in Avenue Q postmortem, why not?)
Allen West - Bobo
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Jordan Catalano
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:28am
You forgot about Jesus. He was black.
broadwaydevil
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:31am
Guys, guys, Jesus was Jewish.
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JayG 2
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 12:45am
Who's Washington playing? The ghost of the dead father? (Maybe Rob Ashford is really directing this.)
Visceral_Fella
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 01:03am
broadwaydevil, All your cast is missing is Honey BooBoo as Lindner.
RippedMan
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 01:08am
I know it was much debated, but I think Sher was pretty inspired with "Joe Turner." I'd love to see him handle "Raisin," and I'd love to see the performance he gets from Washington.
Younger Brother
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 05:49am
Perhaps this could be Anika Noni Rose's return to Broadway as Ruth with Loretta Devine as Lena? Please?
CarlosAlberto
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 06:55am
LOL. The title of this thread is somewhat misleading. I thought it was a revival of the musical version, "RAISIN".
best12bars
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 07:25am
Whoopi Goldberg as his mother will only make him look that much older. She's only one year older than he is. And they look their ages.

You'd have to cast Ruby Dee to pull that one off.

Talk about Raisins in the Sun ...
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CarlosAlberto
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 07:27am
^Ewww...

best12bars
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 07:29am
Maybe Denzel can play Tulsa in Streisand's Gypsy.
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CarlosAlberto
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 07:31am
Yes! Phylicia Rashad can be Rose and James Earl Jones can be Herbie!!! Oh and Paula Patton can be Louise/Gypsy. Valerie Pettiford can be Mazzepa.

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Updated On: 12/28/12 at 07:31 AM
Auggie27
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 08:03am
Won't happen.
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CarlosAlberto
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 08:06am
What won't happen?
bjh2114
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Denzel to star in 'Raisin'....
Posted: 12/28/12 at 08:29am
I would love to see Whoopi take on that part. I'd much rather see a production of this starring her WITHOUT Denzel than one with him.

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