A Raisin in the Sun: David Cromer joins cast

Director David Cromer ('The House of Blue Leaves' and 'Brighton Beach Memoirs') will make his Broadway acting debut as 'Karl Lindner' in the upcoming Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

Also newly announced for the cast is 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins who will make his Broadway debut starring as 'Travis Younger.'

As previously announced, A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon ('Fences'), will feature Tony Award-winner and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington ('Fences,' "Training Day," "Glory") as 'Walter Lee Younger,' starring opposite film, television and Tony Award-winning stage actress Diahann Carroll ('No Strings') as 'Lena Younger,' in her first Broadway appearance in over 30 years.

The production will also star Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") making her Broadway debut as 'Ruth Younger' and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose ('Caroline, or Change') as 'Beneatha Younger.'

Rounding out the cast are Stephen Tyrone Williams ('Lucky Guy') as 'Joseph Asagai,' Jason Dirden ('Fences') as 'George Murchison' and Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson ('Fences') as 'Bobo.'

A Raisin in the Sun opens at the 03 Apr 2013, following previews from 08 Mar 2013, and will play a limited fourteen week engagement through to 15 Jun 2013.

The production will be directed by Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon ('Fences'), plays at the Barrymore Theatre, where the original production of A Raisin in the Sun opened 55 years ago..

Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American plays - it belongs in the inner circle, along with 'Death of a Salesman' and 'Long Day's Journey into Night.'" The New York Times has hailed it as "the play that changed American theatre forever".

Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Diahann Carroll). When her deceased husband's money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school.

The creative team includes scenic design by Mark Thompson, costumes by Ann Roth and lighting by Brian MacDevitt.

A Raisin in the Sunis being produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin.

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