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'A Raisin in the Sun': Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose to join Denzel Washington

It looks like Cicely Tyson’s recent Tony triumph in The Trip to Bountiful might be sparking more Broadway returns for veteran actresses off the boards for 30-plus years. Diahann Carroll, a Tony winner herself who hasn’t appeared in a Broadway show since a stint in Agnes of God in 1983, will return to the New York stage playing the award-winning role of Lena Younger, opposite the already-announced Denzel Washington (who won a Best Actor Tony for the revival of August Wilson’s Fences in 2010) playing Walter, in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, concerning a lower-middle-class African-American family in the 1950s trying to determine what to do with inherited money that might provide them a better living.

Joining Washington and Carroll will be Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as Walter’s wife Ruth, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) as Walter’s younger sister Beneatha, and Lucky Guy‘s Stephen Tyrone Williams as Nigerian student Joseph. Kenny Leon, who also helmed the Washington-Viola Davis production of Fences, will direct the revival of the legendary play, recently selected by EW as one of the 10 best plays of all time.

A Raisin in the Sun is scheduled to begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 8, 2014, and is slated to open April 3.

Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera, Vanessa Redgrave among Lucille Lortel Award nominees

Theater enthusiasts still have to wait until the end of April for this year’s Tony Award nominations, but the ceremony honoring achievements Off-Broadway, the Lucille Lortel Awards, unveiled its list of 2013 nominees today.

Leading the pack with the most nominations is the Signature Theatre revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Among the production’s six nominations is Outstanding Director for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Lead Actor for Brandon J. Dirden, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Roslyn Ruff. READ FULL STORY

Denzel Washington says he'll return to Broadway next year -- what show should he do?

Earlier this month in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Denzel Washington let slip that he’s planning to return to Broadway “next year.” As for what show he’ll do, the actor gave the vague, “Don’t know yet.” The star, who’s in the hunt for his third Academy Award this year for his performance as a drug- and alcohol-addicted airline pilot in Flight, has starred in two hit productions on the Great White Way in the last decade: He played Marcus Brutus in a sold-out 2005 revival of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and then had a memorable turn as professional baseball player–turned–garbageman Troy Maxon in a 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences (the latter show won Tonys for both Washington and his costar, Viola Davis). READ FULL STORY

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