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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.

Broadway box office: 'Cinderella' and 'Vanya and Sonia' see biggest post-Tony sales bump

The tongue-twisterly titled comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also saw another spike — in ticket sales — in the week since it won the Tony Award for Best Play on June 9. According to figures from the Broadway League, Christopher Durang’s sendup of Chekhov grossed $654,304 for the week ending June 16, up a whopping 18 percent from the week before. That’s an impressive 85 percent of the potential earnings for the Golden Theatre. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella — a Tony winner for Best Costumes, which were impressively on display during a production number early in CBS’ Tony broadcast — also saw a 19 percent boost in revenues last week, to $1.06 million. (That’s nearly two-thirds the show’s potential gross.)

Sales for the season’s most highly touted new musicals, Matilda and Best Musical winner Kinky Boots, both rose 4 percent last week, to $1.18 million and $1.47 million, respectively. Both productions have been top grossers, so dramatic sales jumps were unlikely even after their Tony victories — and both gave well-received mini-performances during the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted telecast. Tellingly, though, the average ticket price for each show climbed nearly $5 in the last week — signaling that producers will use premium pricing to eke out more profits from already popular shows. The new revivals of Annie ($962,027) and Pippin ($1.01 million) benefited even more from the primetime exposure, boosting their weekly takings by nearly 8 percent.
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Tony Awards 2013: Who will win?

Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a  contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.

And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier offer their predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by the Energizer bunny of awards-show hosts, Neil Patrick Harris.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section.
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Broadway box office: 'Matilda' joins 'Motown' and 'Lucky Guy' as a new hit

Matilda has emerged as a Dahled-up hit of the new Broadway season. In its first full week since its April 11 opening, the rapturously reviewed musical earned $1.13 million for the week ending April 21, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a 51 percent increase in ticket sales from the previous week, and represents nearly 89 percent of the potential gross from the Shubert Theatre.

Matilda is one of four brand-new shows that joined this week’s Million Dollar Club of high earners on the Great White Way. The Tom Hanks-topped drama Lucky Guy raked in $1.41 million, fully 124 percent of its potential earnings due to premium-priced ticket sales; Motown the Musical pulled down $1.15 million, 81 percent of its maximum; and the Cyndi Lauper musical Kinky Boots kicked up $1.06 million, about 73 percent of its potential high.

Rounding out this week’s Million Dollar Club are four long-running mainstays: The Lion King ($1.84 million); Wicked ($1.81 million); The Book of Mormon ($1.67 million); and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ($1.06 million).

Five more shows are slated to open this week, including a high-profile (and high-flying) revival of the musical Pippin, which last week earned $683,911 (a strong 74 percent of its potential gross).  And there are early indications of box office staying power for Bette Midler’s one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last, which broke a new record last week for the relatively small Booth Theatre with $686,031 in sales. What’s even more impressive is that the Divine Miss M is playing just seven performances a week (most Broadway shows do eight).

Some other star-driven nonmusical newbies — including The Nance with Nathan Lane, Orphans with Alec Baldwin, Macbeth with Alan Cumming, and The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. — have yet to spark much box office heat. Each show may have to hope for a strong critical embrace (several have only just opened or will be debuting in coming days) and the even stronger embrace of the Tony nominating committee (which announces its picks on April 30).

Follow Thom on Twitter: @ThomGeier

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Cicely Tyson heads back to Broadway after 30 years, will star in 'Trip to Bountiful'

Cicely Tyson is returning to Broadway for the first time in 30 years. The Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress will star in a new production of The Trip to Bountiful. “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home — the stage,” Tyson said in a press release.  “In many ways Broadway is my Bountiful and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate, and funny character in a timeless American classic.”

The Trip to Bountiful, written by Horton Foote, is the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who wants to return to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son and daughter-in-law. “The Trip to Bountiful is among Horton’s most beloved plays, and Carrie Watts, one of his most memorable characters,” said director Michael Wilson. “To do the play and role justice, you need an actress of rare stature and command. Cicely Tyson has, over the span of a distinguished career, depicted iconic Americans engaged in immense struggle. … I am thrilled that she is returning to the stage now to have her trip, to lead us all on a journey that promises to be unforgettable.” READ FULL STORY

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