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Diahann Carroll has pulled out of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” The 78-year-old actress was set to play opposite Denzel Washington in the new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama, but according to reports, the rehearsal schedule was too demanding.

“The pace of filming movies and TV projects is quite different than the extensive amount of time preparing and appearing ‘live’ on Broadway 8 times a week,” Carroll said in a statement released on Sunday. “I enjoyed working with Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Kenny Leon and an amazing cast and I wish them well.”

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Carroll’s character of Lena Younger was replaced by the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson. According to The New York Times, the role would have marked Carroll’s first role on Broadway in over 30 years.

She dropped out of the “A Raisin in the Sun” just four weeks before the production was scheduled to begin previews on March 8. Opening night is still scheduled for April 3.

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