Showbiz411 reports exclusively that Denzel Washington will be joined by actress Diahann Carroll in an upcoming Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun set for next spring.
Washington will take on the role of Walter Younger, the hero of playwright Lorrain Hansberry’s masterpiece. Carroll would play his mother.
In A Raisin In The Sun, a family’s shared dream for a better life may be, not only deferred, but destroyed by conflicting aspirations, betrayal and racism. Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama continues to shine an unflinching spotlight on America’s struggle to overcome its past, while paying tribute to those courageous enough to shape a future filled with an abiding faith, in the decency of the human spirit.
A Raisin In The Sun originally opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1959 and starred Sidney Poitier (Walter Lee Younger), Ruby Dee (Ruth Younger), Diana Sands (Beneatha Younger) and Claudia McNeil (Lena Younger). In 2004, the Broadway revival production opened at the Royale Theatre and starred Sean Combs (Walter Lee Younger), Audra McDonald (Ruth Younger) and Phylicia Rashad (Lena Younger).