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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.