Diahann Carroll Pulls Out Of 'Raisin in the Sun' Revival; LaTanya Richardson Jackson Will Replace
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Diahann Carroll Pulls Out Of 'Raisin in the Sun' Revival; LaTanya Richardson Jackson Will Replace

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Producers have set opening night for April 23, 2014 at the Barrymore Theatre for the 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” to be directed by Kenny Leon.

The show will run for 14 weeks, with previews beginning on March 8.

Denzel Washington will star as Walter Lee Younger, with Sophie Okenedo as his wife, Ruth, and Anika Noni Rose as his sister Beneatha.

Diahann Carroll was to play the family matriarch, Lena (“mama”), but the veteran actress has dropped out of the show, saying that the rigorous demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule, would be a bit much for the 78 actress.

In her place, LaTanya Richardson Jackson (who also happens to be wife of Samuel L. Jackson, and a veteran stage and screen actress in her own right), will step in to play Lena (“mama”) in the upcoming revival. Richardson Jackson is only 5 years older than Denzel, so obviously some makeup will be required to age her, since she’s supposed to be his mother. 

Stephen Tyrone Williams will play Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden will play George Murchison and Stephen McKinley Henderson will play Bobo.

Also, David Cromer will play Karl Lindner, and Bryce Clyde Jenkins, makes his Broadway debut as son, Travis Younger. 

Scott Rudin is producing.

“A Raisin in the Sun” was last on Broadway in 2004, with Sean Combs playing Walter Lee Younger, Audra McDonald as his wife Ruth Younger, Phylicia Rashad as mama Lena Younger, and Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha, and was also directed by Kenny Leon.

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