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A Raisin in the Sun

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Running since March 2014
Denzel Washington stars in Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama about the struggles facing three generations of an African American family.
Winner of 3 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play.

The Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun closed June 15, 2014. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

Set on Chicago's South Side in the late '50s, "A Raisin In The Sun" is the story of the Younger family: Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), a chauffeur, his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Tony winner Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and the family matriarch Lena (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). When Lena's deceased husband's money comes through, she wants to move to a new home in a better neighborhood; Walter Lee plans to buy a liquor store and be his own man; and Beneatha dreams of medical school.

The first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, "A Raisin In The Sun" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of 1959. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American dramas" and the NY Times has described it as "the play that changed American theatre forever."

"A Raisin In The Sun" will be directed by Kenny Leon. Leon, who served for many years as artistic directed of Atlanta's legendary Alliance Theatre, directed a 2004 Broadway production of the play which featured Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy) as Walter Lee.

Casting Note: Diahann Carroll was announced in the role of Lena but was replaced by LaTanya Richardson Jackson one month before first performance. According to a production spokesperson, Ms. Carroll withdrew "due to the vigorous demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule."



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