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LaTanya Richardson Jackson will play Lena Younger opposite Denzel Washington in the upcoming Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Kenny Leon.  Miss Jackson assumes the role from Diahann Carroll who has withdrawn from the production.


A  RAISIN IN THE SUN, currently in rehearsal, will begin performances Saturday evening, March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (247 West 47 Street).  Opening night is Thursday, April 3.  The 14-week limited engagement run is scheduled through Sunday, June 15.


LaTanya Richardson Jackson made her Broadway debut in the revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and GoneHer offBroadway credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore,  Casanova, For Colored Girls…, Spell #7, Unfinished Woman (NYSF); Elliot Loves(Promenade); The Talented Tenth (MTC); From the Mississippi Delta (Negro Ensemble Co.); Boogie Woogie and Booker T., Perdido, Nonsectarian Conversations…, Dr. Beck (Henry Street).She has appeared in the films Mothers and Daughters, Bolden!, Blackout, Freedomland, The Fighting Temptations, U.S. Marshalls, Lone Star, Losing Isaiah, When A Man Loves a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, Lorenzo’s Oil, Fried Green Tomatoes,  Malcolm X.  Her TV credits include “100 Centre Street” (A&E), “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives” (HBO), “Jazz,” “Baseball,” “The Civil War” (PBS), “My Super Sweet 16” (MTV), “The Water is Wide” (Hallmark), “Law & Order,” “Boston Public,” “NYPD Blue,” “Judging Amy,” “Chicago Hope,”  “Sesame Street,” “Ally McBeal,” “One Life to Live,” “Nightman.”