Kelly & Michael: Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun + Wife Pauletta


Kelly and Michael: Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is heading back to Broadway for a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and the Live audience could not have been more excited to see the actor, who hung out on Kelly and Michael’s faux-Miami set.

Washington is taking on the role made famous by Sidney Poitier, and the two of them have been collaborating as Denzel prepares for this Broadway performance. Sidney told him that he acts “extra old” when shopping at Whole Foods to get some extra help from the lovely ladies, which he is a tad territorial about. That’s a clever idea.


Kelly & Michael: Pauletta Washington One-Woman Show

Kelly & Michael: Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun + Wife Pauletta

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in a revival of the classic play A Raisin in the Sun, and he updated Kelly & Michael about his talented family. (Featureflash /

For Valentine’s Day, Denzel is planning to take wife of 30 years Pauletta to an unnamed but fancy restaurant. Pauletta recently performed in a one-woman show at Joe’s Pub, and he was very proud of her stage show. She also has an opportunity to perform her piano talents in Chicago.

Oldest son John David tore his Achilles, which ended his NFL chances, but opened a door for him to co-star with The Rock in an upcoming HBO series. Daughter Olivia, who appeared in The Butler, is an NYU theatre graduate, and the other two kids are staying busy as well.


Washington said his children are humble and hard-working, for which he gives all credit to his wife. Kelly Ripa said that Denzel should write a book about parenting. As for the kids’ pursuits of entertainment, he thinks people should pursue what they love.

Kelly and Michael: Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun

Denzel Washington talked to Kelly and Michael about his return to Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, and Kelly said he is fantastic on the stage, where he got his start at Lincoln Center. His previous Broadway roles include Julius Caesar and Tony Award winner Fences.

His castmates include LaTanya Richardson, who was offered the role 10 years ago, but was unavailable to take the part. Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife) and Sophie Okonedo round out the cast, and the show will begin previews March 8, opening April 3 at the Barrymore Theatre.


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