Meet the cast of TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, previews start tonight!

Topdog/Underdog officially begins Broadway previews tonight, September 27. The production opens at the John Golden Theater on October 20.

Suzan Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog is a dark and comic fable about brotherly love and family identity. The tale tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln (Corey Hawkins) and Booth (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), names their father gave them as a joke. Haunted by the past and their obsession with street gambling, three-card riding, the brothers come to discover the true nature of their story.

Meet the cast that brings the story to life below!


Corey Hawkins (Lincoln)

Tony Award-nominated for his 2017 performance in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, COREY HAWKINS made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in David Leveaux’s revival of Romeo and Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Recently, Hawkins portrayed Macduff in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, opposite Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Brendan Gleeson, among others, for which he received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the Critics’ Association. African American Films (AAFCA). He also starred as Benny in Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights. His outstanding cinematic performance was that of hip-hop legend Dr. Dre in the 2015 film, Straight Outta Compton. Other film credits include Michael Bay’s 6 Underground, opposite Ben Hardy, Ryan Reynolds and Melanie Laurent; Georgetown, Christoph Waltz’s first film, opposite Waltz, Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave; as civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael in Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman; Kong: Skull Island opposite Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson; Non-Stop by Universal Pictures; Winter’s Tale for Warner Bros.; and Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3. On television, Hawkins starred as Eric Carter in the FOX reboot 24, 24: Legacy opposite Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits, as well as the hit show The Walking Dead. Hawkins also starred in the Quibi series, Survive, opposite Sophie Turner, for which he earned a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. He will be seen as Harpo in the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple, produced by Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and starring in the film, Last Voyage of the Demeter. Hawkins is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Drama Program and the recipient of the prestigious John Houseman Award, given to a Juilliard student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in classical theater.

Topdog/UnderdogYahya Abdul-Mateen II (Stand)

YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II is well known for his Emmy-winning performance as Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in HBO’s groundbreaking series, Watchmen. He recently starred in Michel Bay’s Ambulance, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and will reprise his role as Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in theaters March 2023. Yahya starred in The Matrix: Resurrections, directed by original director and screenwriter Lana Wachowski, and in the Jordan Peele-produced remake of the popular Candyman for MGM/Universal. He also co-starred among an all-star cast in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, in which he played Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale. Other film and television credits include Aquaman opposite Jason Momoa for DC Comics and Warner Bros.; First Match, based on an award-winning screenplay by Olivia Newman (audience award at SXSW); the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers”; Us by Jordan Peele; The Greatest Showman opposite Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya for Twentieth Century Fox; The limits of Sony Pictures Classic; The Handmaid’s Tale; Baywatch ; Netflix All Day and One Night; Sweetness in the Belly opposite Dakota Fanning, (Toronto International Film Festival 2019); and Baz Luhrmann’s television series, The Get Down. Upcoming projects include Emergency Contact, in which he is set to star and executive produce, By All for Warner Bros, and The Scent of Burnt Flowers with Macro TV, created by Blitz Bazawule. He was honored by the Critics’ Choice Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema with the Breakthrough Award in February 2021, made HuffPost’s 2020 Culture Shifters list, and in 2018 was part of a select group of actors. to make the prestigious The Hollywood Reporter’s NextGen list. Born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, Calif., Yahya graduated from the Yale School of Drama, where he received the prestigious Herschel Williams Award. Topdog/Underdog will be making its Broadway debut.


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