Four major stars have arrived on Broadway in
A RAISIN IN THE SUN, the play that inspired a generation and changed
American theater forever (The New York Times).
Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway
in 1959, the artist became at twenty-nine the
youngest American playwright, the fifth woman
and the only African American to date to win the
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
of the Year. (more
The powerhouse cast includes Grammy winning
superstar Sean Combs (acclaimed for his work in the film Monsters
Ball), three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime,
Master Class, Carousel), celebrated stage and television
actress Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) and film star Sanaa
Lathan (Out of Time, Love & Basketball).
A RAISIN IN THE SUN tells
the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side
in the 1950s. It is a fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes
and dreams are constantly deferred. The Washington Post hails it
as one of a handful of great American plays it belongs
in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long
Day's Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN was the first play written
by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. It premiered
in 1959, with Lloyd Richards directing a cast that included Sidney
Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Ivan
Dixon, Glynn Turman, John Fielder, Lonne Elder III, Ed Hall and
Douglas Turner Ward. The show ran for 530 performances and won the
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
Lorraine Hansberry's beloved drama has not been
seen on Broadway since its legendary original production. With its
sensational cast, this strictly limited 15 week engagement -directed
by Kenny Leon is the most highly anticipated theatrical event
of the year.
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