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Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Represent Brotherhood in Broadway’s 'Topdog/Underdog'

Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul Mateen II will join together as brothers onstage in the revival Broadway production of Suzan Lori Parks’ play Topdog/Underdog.

Hawkins and Abdul-Mateen II will portray Lincoln and Booth, two brothers who were given their symbolic names as a joke by their father. The brothers grapple with their past as well as their obsession with the street game Three Card Monte. They ultimately learn the true nature of their history, which ultimately leads to a tragic conclusion.

The production will run at the John Golden Theatre in New York City during a limited engagement and will be directed by Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon. The play returns to Broadway 20 years after its debut in 2002 at the Ambassador Theatre.

While Abdul-Mateen II is making his Broadway debut starring in the play, Hawkins was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the production of Six Degrees of Separation. Director Kenny Leon won a Tony Award for directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and playwright Suzan Lori Parks won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the play.

Topdog/Underdog will begin previews today, and will officially open on Broadway on October 20th.


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