Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins have been set to star in the 20th-anniversary revival of Topdog/Underdog.
The Suzan-Lori Parks play, starring the actors as Lincoln and Booth, will be directed by Kenny Leon
The limited, 16-week engagement begins previews on Sept. 27 at the John Golden Theatre. It officially opens on October 20. Tickets will go on sale at Telecharge.com on June 20. It is produced by David Stone, LaChanze, Rashad V. Chambers, Marc Platt, Debra Martin Chase, and the Shubert Organization.
It is described as a "darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln (Hawkins) and Booth (Abdul-Mateen II), names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history."
“I’m so blessed that Topdog is back on Broadway! What a beautiful opportunity to share this work with new audiences. And, wow, how many writers get to be here for a Broadway revival of their work? I’m grateful and thrilled,” said Parks in a statement. “And doing the show with Kenny, Yahya and Corey — that’s icing on the gravy, baby!”
The project features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes, and sound design by Justin Ellington. Casting is by Calleri Jensen Davis. Kamra Jacobs is the Production Stage Manager.
Parks received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for Topdog/Underdog. In 2018, the play was named “The Greatest American Play of the Past 25 Years” by The New York Times.