Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is Denzel Washington Younger Enough?

We knew Denzel Washington was toying with the idea of starring in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, but it looks more definite now. While promoting his new movie 2 Guns, he's told reporters the Lorraine Hansberry drama will begin Broadway previews by March. Washington at 58 is nearly twice as old as the lead character Walter Lee Younger originally played by Sidney Poitier. The  role was last played by Sean ("P Diddy") Colms on Broadway in 2004 and in a TV movie adaptation in 2008. Phylicia Rashad and Audra MacDonald won Tony Awards for that production. Washington can probably pull the age difference off. He won a Tony in 2010 for the revival of August Wilson's Fences, the age discrepancy worked in the opposite direction then. He seemed too young and not angry enough for Troy Maxson, the retired baseball player forced to haul garbage for a living. He's been thinking about directing Fences as a movie. There have been no official press statement about Raisin, so it's still in the maybe stage.

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