Diahann Carroll Drops 'Raisin in the Sun' Broadway Project

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Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 03:35 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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Actress Diahann Carroll has given up her role as Denzel Washington’s character’s mother in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

“The pace of filming movies and TV projects is quite different than the extensive amount of time preparing and appearing live on Broadway eight times a week,” 78-year-old Carroll said, according to the New York Daily News.

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Carroll, who appears in the series “White Collar,” will be replaced by LaTanya Richardson Jackson in the Broadway production, which is set to start on March 8 with an April 3 opening night, according to an Associated Press report.

Richardson Jackson, 64, is married to actor Samuel L. Jackson. Her career includes the 2009 revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" along with work for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Negro Ensemble Company.

She will play the role of Lena Younger, the mother of Walter Lee Younger.

Though she now won't appear in the production, Carroll described performing in an interview with Vanity Fair earlier this month.

“I love all of it. The intimacy of 'live' performance may be demanding and challenging, but it’s extremely rewarding. Theater and concerts are similar to marriage in many ways. The combination of anxiety, apprehension, joy, and bliss is a recipe for a beautiful experience,” Carroll told Vanity Fair.

But the difficulty of the job was too much.

“That is something for a woman who is my age to take into consideration very seriously,” Carroll said, according to Uptown magazine.

She said it requires a long process of getting physically and emotionally well.

“And that’s the big to-do at the moment for me, the discipline,” she said.

Richardson Jackson said that she regrets that Carroll is unable to perform, but called the opportunity to take her place an incredible dream, according to ABC News.

"This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle," she said. "This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don't have time."

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