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.
It seems like a long time away, but, not really. 2013 is on its tail end (we’re pushing into September already), and before you know it, Christmas is around the corner, and we’re celebrating the start of a brand new year.
We already know that 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 will play the family matriarch, Lena (“mama”).
Stephen Tyrone Williams will play Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden will play George Murchison and Stephen McKinley Henderson will play Bobo.
Added to the cast are David Cromer who’ll play Karl Lindner and Bryce Clyde Jenkins, making 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.
With this cast, I’m sure it’ll be a hot seller, and a box office smash!