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President Obama attends ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

April 12, 2014 • Entertainment


FILE – In this April 3, 2014 file photo shows Anika Noni Rose, from left, LaTanya Richardson, Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo at the curtain call for the opening night of “A Raisin In The Sun” in New York. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama caught the American masterpiece Friday night, April 11, 2014, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago. They took their seats to huge applause. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.

The president and first lady caught the American masterpiece Friday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago.

The only recognition from the cast of their special guests was when Washington tipped his cap in their direction at the curtain call, which was already a standing ovation. The president and his wife went backstage to greet the actors at intermission.

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