Congratulations to our 2004 Tony Award Winners!
Phylicia Rashad -- Best Actress in a Play
Audra McDonald -- Best Featured Actress in a Play

Phylicia Rashad accepts the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. Photo courtesy and property of news.bbc.co.uk.

Audra McDonald accepts the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Photo courtesy and property of tonyawards.com.

Phylicia Rashad, with co-star Sean Combs, made history when she became the first African-American to win Leading Actress in a Play. Photo courtesy and property of nydailynews.com.



A RAISIN IN THE SUN receives 4 Tony Award Nominations!

- Best Revival of a Play

- Best Performance by a Leading Actress - Phylicia Rashad

- Best Performance by a Featured Actress - Sanaa Lathan

- Best Performance by a Featured Actress - Audra McDonald





Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad have made ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's
MUST LIST for 2004!

Entertainment Weekly

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Two Visions of Love, Family and Race Across the Generations
New York Times


Photographs by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Scene from the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun" and Tony Kushner's "Caroline, or Change."

A Raisin in the Sun and Caroline, or Change present an unusual moment: a moment when political and theatrical interests mesh, producing something that is artistically satisfying and politically inspiring. Seen together, these works — one set partly in the basement of a middle-class Jewish household near a swamp in Louisiana in 1963, the other in a rundown apartment on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950's — offer a new and refreshing lens on our history and on the theater's potential...

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Sanaa has fun in 'Sun'
Daily News Theater

Sean (P. Diddy) Combs has won critical praise in many quarters for his performance in the stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun." But to co-star Sanaa Lathan, he's just a guy who knows how to have fun. "Backstage he's like a cheerleader," says Lathan, a Tony nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.

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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 - January 12, 1965)
The cast and creative team of A RAISIN IN THE SUN proudly honor the memory of Lorraine Hansberry on the occasion of her birthday.

"Ms. Hansberry's commitment of spirit, her creative ability and her profound grasp of the deep social issues confronting the world today will remain an inspiration to generations yet unborn."
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1965










THE CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT "RAISIN"



"Raisin is the smash hit drama of the spring" -- The New York Times


"A Raisin in the Sun is a hit, attracting a huge, new, young integrated audience to Broadway"
-- Entertainment Weekly

"Let's cut to the chase: Sean Combs is damn good! Audra McDonald is glorious, Phylicia Rashad is brilliant and Sanaa Lathan is Magnificent. Here is an American document of time, place and relevance." -- Clive Barnes, New York Post

"Few plays have crystallized American history as pungently as 'A Raisin in the Sun.' And Kenny Leon's production captures Lorraine Hansberry's vision powerfully. Sean Combs exudes charm. Phylicia Rashad brings galvanizing strength and dignity to her role. Audra McDonald is rousing. Sanaa Lathan has joyful exuberance and sassiness. Alexander Mitchell could not be better. Teagle F. Bougere gives a marvelous performance. Bill Nunn has deep poignancy. And David Aaron Baker is splendid. As solid a piece of theater as has ever been written."
-- Howard Kissel, Daily News

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photo courtesy of Fukada for NEWS

A RAISIN IN THE SUN CELEBRATES OPENING NIGHT

A Raisin in the Sun opened on April 26 at the Royale Theatre. Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Beyonce and Jay Z were just a few of the stars to stand and cheer the most anticipated theatrical event of the year. View photos and video clips from opening night by selecting one of the links below.





The cast of Kenny Leon's Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun: Sanaa Lathan, Alexander Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, and Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs photographed in New York City on March 11, 2004 by Annie Leibowitz. Read the complete story in the May issue of Vanity Fair.





'Recasting a Classic'
Essence Magazine Looks at Lorraine Hansberry's 'A RAISIN IN THE SUN' - 45 Years Later.

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'Raisin' director Kenny Leon Selected to People Magazine's list of the 50 Most Beautiful People

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Sean Combs on ABC's THE VIEW

Sean Combs discussed "A Raisin in the Sun" on ABC's THE VIEW on Thursday, May 20.





Sean Combs Discusses 'A Raisin in the Sun' on Live Regis and Kelly

Sean Combs discussed 'A Raisin in the Sun' on Live with Regis and Kelly on Friday, May 14th.




CBS 2's Dana Tyler Interviews the Cast of A RAISIN IN THE SUN

CBS 2's Dana Tyler sat down with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan. Click here here for a video stream of the interviews and clips from the show.


The sun is shining on 'Raisin' this awards season!

  • Congratulations Phylicia Rashad! Drama Desk Award -- Best Actress in a Play

  • Congratulations Audra McDonald! Drama Desk Award -- Best Featured Actress in a Play

  • Congratulations Audra McDonald - Winner - Outer Critics Circle Award--Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play/'A Raisin in the Sun'

  • Congratulations Sanaa Lathan - Theater World Award winner for her Broadway debut in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

  • 2004 Drama League Award nomination: Distinguished Revival of a Play

Sean Combs & Sanaa Lathan discussed "A Raisin in the Sun" with Tavis Similey on NPR.

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P. Diddy's Broadway Crash Course
New York Times

At the beginning of this year, Sean Combs, who is not only one of the biggest, but also one of the most frequently changed, names in hip-hop, underwent another one of his famous transformations. He had already gone by Puffy (starting in high school), Puff Daddy (in his early days as an impresario) and P. Diddy (after he was acquitted of charges of bribery and gun possession). But after prolonged consultation with Susan Batson, the woman he calls "my guru, coach, hero," he quietly started asking friends to refer to him as Walter Lee.

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Sean Combs with his "guru, coach, hero" Susan Batson at the Royale Theater.



Drama Queen
Musical darling Audra McDonald expands her range with A Raisin in the Sun

As Audra McDonald's fans know, it's been three long years since she was in a Broadway musical, Michael John LaChiusa's bloody operetta Marie Christine.

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Sean Combs Performs LIVE on MTV's TRL

Sean Combs discussed "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" live on MTV's TRL on April 28.





Sean Combs and Sanaa Lathan appeared on BET's 106 and Park on Wednesday April 21st.




RAISIN cast appears on THE TODAY SHOW

Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan appeared live on THE TODAY SHOW (NBC) on Monday, April 19th!



Who Says Black Theater Is Having a Tough Time?

New York Times

This is, by most accounts, a tough time to be running a black theater company in the United States. Nationwide, black companies have cut programming and reduced staff. Some troupes have had to cancel shows or, like the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, N.J., suspend production in recent years. Other respected companies, like the Freedom Theater in Philadelphia and the New Jomandi in Atlanta, have struggled financially as public and private support continues to dwindle.

In the midst of this downsizing, however, Kenny Leon has decided to raise the stakes. Mr. Leon, the director of a new $2.6 million Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," which is to open April 26 at the Royale Theater starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad, faces the biggest commercial challenge in his career, because "Raisin" is probably the most closely watched revival on Broadway this spring.

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45 Years Ago, a 'Raisin' to Cheer
Revival of Hansberry Play Stirs Memories of a Racial Milestone
The Washington Post

There was nothing like it on Broadway, which made it all the more powerful and beautiful and mesmerizing and tender. A great billowing curtain had been thrown back on a whole people, a whole race. The whole production had a leaping, antic, ferocious quality to it, as if the playwright planned to split something wide open, right in front of that first-night audience.

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Associated Press

A day of long rehearsals for a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" have come to an end, and only one actor remains in the room: Sean Combs.

Combs, tired and drained, sits by a wooden table that is part of the bare-bones, makeshift set in a rehearsal room at Radio City Music Hall. All traces of the hip-hop mogul are gone - he's without his typical diamond stud earrings, blinding watch and other remnants of bling-bling nation, and his suit looks more Kmart than Versace. Only the "God's Child" tattoo on his neck, peeking from behind his white shirt, reminds us of the rap impresario.

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