The supporting cast has been set for the revival of the Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin In The Sun, headlined by Tony-winning Fences star Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll, who is making her first Broadway appearance in 30 years. They have set a September 21 on-sale date for tickets to the 14-week limited engagement. Previews begin March 8 before an opening night April 3, 2014 at the Barrymore Theatre. That is where the original production opened in 1959, which will be 55 years ago when the revival opens. Kenny Leon is directing and Scott Rudin is producing. Added to the cast are David Cromer, who directed the Obie-winning Our Town and Tribes. He will play Karl Lindner; also new to the cast is 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, who makes his Broadway debut as Travis Younger.
Set on Chicago’s South Side, A Raisin In The Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo, the Hotel Rwanda star making her Broadway debut), his sister Beneatha (Tony-winner Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis, and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Carroll). When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of using it to move her family to a better neighborhood and a real home. Walter Lee has plans to use the cash to buy a liquor store and be his own man. Rounding out the cast are Stephen Tyrone Williams, Jason Dirden, and Stephen McKinley Henderson.
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