August 1st, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Denzel Washington's headed back to Broadway

Denzel Washington is considered one of the finest actors in the business, and he has the awards to prove it.

But according to the 58-year-old star, there's still room for improvement.

"It's a marathon, not a sprint," he said of his acting career on CNN's "New Day." "I'm just a regular guy. I'm still trying to get better at what I do."

To challenge himself, Washington turns to theater. Three years ago, he wowed Broadway with a starring role in "Fences," and earned a Tony award as a result.

More rewarding than the accolades, though, was the inspiration he found in live theater.

"Working with those actors and working with great material, it kind of gave me new energy," Washington told CNN. "I'm like, OK, I've gotta rededicate myself and work harder at it."

It's with that spirit that the actor confirmed his Broadway return. Although an official announcement hasn't been issued, Washington has been chatting openly about his plans to arrive on the Great White Way in the spring for a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, "A Raisin in the Sun."

Washington's on board to play Walter Younger, while Diahann Carroll is to return to the stage after a 30-year absence as the drama's matriarch, Lena Younger.

According to Washington, previews for "A Raisin in the Sun" are to begin in March.


Filed under: Celebrities • Denzel Washington • theater

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  2. ssmith

    My favorite Denzel Washington movie was Malcolm X and Flight. My absolute worse experience was his Broadway performance as Brutus in Julius Caesar. I wasted $200.00, tickets for myself and my daughter. To add insult to injury William Sadler who played Julius Caesar mooned us with his grey-bluish behind. Totally unnecessary in telling of the story. Hey, Denzel, I want my money back!!

    August 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Alexander

    my favorite role with Denzel is one of 2.......either "Man On Fire"....or "Crimson Tide"....can't get it any closer

    August 2, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Midge

    The say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. They say there's always magic in the air. But when you're walkin' down the street, and you ain't had enough to eat, the glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere.

    They say the women treat you fine on Broadway. But looking at them just gives me the blues. 'Cuz how ya gonna make some time, when all you got is one thin dime? And one thin dime won't even shine your shoes.

    They say that I won't last too long on Broadway. I'll catch a Greyhound bus for hom, they all say. But they're dead wrong, I know they are, 'cuz I can play this here guitar. And I won't quit till I'm a star, on Broadway.

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