Denzel Washington’s Broadway Play a Huge Hit

New York theatre fans were ready to beg, borrow and steal for a ticket
ByNatasha FaruqueThursday , 12 June 2014
Denzel Washington’s Broadway Play a Huge Hit
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Denzel Washington at Raisin in the Sun's meet and greet

All Hollywood super-stars want to conquer the stage. But those emulating super-successful, critically acclaimed theatre thesps Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jude Law and Daniel Craig often fall flat on their faces, like the universally panned Madonna-vehicle Up For Grabs.

Thankfully Denzel Washington’s Broadway foray, A Raisin In The Sun scooped up the Best Revival gong at the Tony Awards and has turned out to be the hottest ticket in town, zooming into profit after recouping the Dhs17 million it cost to stage.

The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play has grossed over Dhs4 million-a-week throughout its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Other plays that have recouped their investment on Broadway this season include James Franco's Of Mice and Men; Bryan Cranston's All the Way, which was named Best Play at the Tonys; The Glass Menagerie, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto; Betrayal, with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz; the Shakespeare’s Globe's Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.

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