Not all of Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington’s performances in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ require Secret Service. But when President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are in the audience, it isn’t your typical night on Broadway.
On Friday night, Denzel and cast performed Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play in front of the first couple, who were on a double date with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and her rumored boyfriend, former Mount Vernon resident Ahmad Rashad.
The Obamas went backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to meet the cast during intermission. They also stayed for the curtain call—and Denzel reportedly tipped his hat in their direction.
The president was in New York to speak at a National Action Network event. He returned to Washington later in the evening.