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Washington, Carroll to Co-Star on Broadway

By Mary Kennedy AP Drama Writer | 8/9/2013, 2 p.m.
Denzel Washington, who is currently in Boston filming an action movie called "The Equalizer" with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua, said theater and film, with its 14-hour days, were both tests of endurance.

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Award winners Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington will play mother and son on Broadway in a spring revival of the classic American play "A Raisin in the Sun,’’ an opportunity that has left him “overjoyed’’ and her “thrilled."

“I think it’s one of our most original plays and I think that’s why it keeps coming back," said Carroll by phone from Los Angeles. Washington, en route to a film set in Boston, agreed: "It’s one of those classics."

Previews of Lorraine Hansberry’s play begin March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with an opening night scheduled for April 3. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington on Broadway in his Tony Award-winning starring role in "Fences," will helm the production.

Leon is the co-founder of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company. He is the first African-American director to have two shows running on Broadway simultaneously with "The Mountaintop" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; and "Stick Fly", produced by Alicia Keys.

Both Carroll and Washington confessed that they were somewhat daunted by the prospects of an eight-show week. For Carroll, it’s the first time on Broadway in 30 years but "once you’re into the flow of it, it becomes a life style," she said.

Washington, who is currently in Boston filming an action movie called "The Equalizer" with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua, said theater and film, with its 14-hour days, were both tests of endurance.