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article imageDenzel Washington announces return to Broadway

By Lizz Riggs     Aug 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Denzel Washington recently admitted his motivation to return to the theater stage is none other than his wife, Pauletta Pearson, who "has been doing a lot more theater than [him]."
Denzel Washington has announced that he will return to Broadway once again, in Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ revival.
Monday, Washington appeared at the premiere of his new movie, "2 Guns," with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, and while on the red carpet, announced his plans to head back to Broadway.
"We start previews in March," said the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor. The production will reunite Denzel with director Kenny Leon and producer Scott Rudin, also collaborators on his Tony-winning 2010 production of “Fences.” Some of the actresses rumored to be joining him in the show are Diahann Carroll, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo.
He didn't say which role he's been cast, but the Los Angeles Times reports that he'll likely take the lead role of Walter Lee Younger. Denzel Washington is 58, twice the age of most men who take on the role.
He did explain his motivation to head back to Broadway though. "I'm trying to keep up with my wife. My wife has been doing a lot more theater than me," he said. "I'm looking forward to one day singing," Washington said playfully. "See, I just wanted to get something out of her. She knows I can't sing. But she can sing."
Washington said that they were heading to North Carolina for the National Black Theatre Festival, where Pearson is starring in the award-winning "Power Play."
As they walked away, Washington joked "I can sing. I can sing ... in the shower."
Washington is not the only big name on Broadway these days though. Some of the recent star-graced Broadway shows included Al Pacino in “Glengarry Glen Ross” last fall, Bette Midler's lead role in “I’ll Eat You Last” and Tom Hanks' topliner “Lucky Guy.” Scarlett Johansson starred in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Alec Baldwin in "Orphans," and Jane Lynch performed as Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway.
Big names like these don't always guarantee a successful outcome for every show to hit Broadway, but it does create quite a buzz, and many are looking forward to seeing Washington back on Broadway again soon.
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