Sunday, April 14, 2024

Broadway Whisper: Tony Winner Denzel Washington May Be Eyeing “Othello” for 2025 Season


As we know, Denzel Washington can do anything. Movies, Broadway, TV. He’s a star in every arena.

Now the big rumor on Broadway is that Denzel will return to theater, probably in spring 2025, with a new production of “Othello.”

William Shakespeare wrote it. You’ve heard of him.

The rumorers say that the part of Iago could go to either Adam Driver or Jake Gyllenhaal. They each have Broadway experience and want to make their own returns.

They say where there’s smoke there’s fire, and there’s a lot of smoke on this one.

Who would direct? The likely suspect is Kenny Leon, who steered Denzel to a Tony Award in 2010 with “Fences.”

Another choice would be George C. Wolfe, who helped Mr. Washington to a Tony nomination in 2018 with “The Iceman Cometh.”

So hold onto this idea as it forms into something solid. The last Othello we saw was with Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo directed by Sam Gold in 2016 at New York Theater Workshop. That one was pretty extraordinary, but it’s enough time — nine years! — to see a new production.

PS A Denzel insider says it can’t happen this year, he’s too busy. Spring 2025 would make sense. And since January is done, 2025 is just around the corner!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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