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19 Aug. 2013

Briefs and Benchmarks


Eddie Murphy, Delirious cover 1983This year marks several significant anniversaries, namely, the 30th anniversary of Eddie Murphy’s quintessential stand-up documentary, DELIRIOUS (released in 1983) and the 25th anniversary of Murphy’s COMING TO AMERICA (released in 1988).

This year marks the 20th anniversary of director John Singleton’s POETIC JUSTICE (released in 1993) with (the late) Tupac Shakur and music sensation Janet Jackson.

Janet with big brother, the late Michael Jackson

Janet with big brother, the late Michael Jackson

 

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Oscar winners Julia Roberts’ and Denzel Washington’s costarring roles in the legal drama, THE PELICAN BRIEF, released in 1993 from Warner Bros.

 

 

Oscar winner Julia Roberts

Oscar winner Julia Roberts

 

Blair Underwood stars in the upcoming TV detective drama, NBC's IRONSIDE, premieres Oct. 2

Blair Underwood stars in the upcoming TV detective drama, NBC’s IRONSIDE, premieres Oct. 2

Blair Underwood stars as “Robert Ironside” in the classic television detective drama on NBC’s IRONSIDE, October 2nd premiere. In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Detective Robert Ironside. He’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes – even if it means breaking the rules.Tough, sexy and acerbic, Ironside’s never been afraid to call it like he sees it. As a detective, his instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up… because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a damn wheelchair slow him down.

Denzel Washington and the one-and-only Diahann Carroll will costar in a Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Spring 2014, produced by Scott Rudin.

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington

Mr. Washington will play Walter Lee Younger, Ms. Carroll, in her first Broadway appearance in more than 30 years, will play Lena, the Younger family matriarch. The production will also star Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”) in her Broadway debut as Ruth Younger, and Anika Noni Rose (“Caroline, or Change”) as Beneatha Younger. Also in the cast are Stephen Tyrone Williams, Jason Dirden and Stephen McKinley Henderson; additional casting is to be announced soon. The production will be

TONY winner Anika Noni Rose

TONY winner Anika Noni Rose

directed by Kenny Leon, who directed Mr. Washington’s Tony Award-winning performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences.”

Previews are scheduled to begin March 8, with opening night set for April 3 at the Barrymore Theater. The production is scheduled to run through June 15. “A Raisin in the Sun” was last seen on Broadway in 2004, with a cast that included Sean Combs as Walter Lee, Audra McDonald as Ruth, Phylicia Rashad as Lena and Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha. (Source: New York Times)

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