LaTanya Richardson’s return to Broadway was destined

Samuel L. Jackson’s actress wife Latanya Richardson has been given a second chance to strike Broadway gold after she was picked to replace Diahann Carroll in A Raisin In The Sun a decade after she passed on the same role. Carroll was cast as the mother of Denzel Washington’s character in the latest version of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, but the physical demands of the role forced her to bow out earlier this month (Feb14), leaving director Kenny Leon with a big problem.
He turned to Richardson, who reminded him that he had originally offered her the role when he staged the play with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Phylicia Rashad.
Washington explains, “Kenny called LaTanya and said, ‘Would you do the play…?’ She said that he had actually offered the role to her 10 years ago and she couldn’t do it, so Phylicia Rashad took over… and Phylicia won the Tony Award, and so now, 10 years later, LaTanya’s coming to do it with us.
“She’s a brilliant actress. She and I have worked together many times… She’s already tearing it up.”
The show marks Richardson’s first Broadway play since she starred in a 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
Previews for A Raisin in the Sun begin on 8 March (14).