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Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, opened last night, April 3 at 6:45pm at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street); the same theatre where the original production of A Raisin in the Sun opened 55 years ago. A Raisin in the Sun is a limited engagement running through June 15. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos from the after party below!

The production stars LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena Younger, Academy Award nomineeSophie Okonedo making her Broadway debut as Ruth Younger, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Roseas Beneatha Younger, Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo, David Cromer as Karl Lindner, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Sean Patrick Thomas as Joseph Asagai, and 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, also making his Broadway debut, as Travis Younger. Sophie Okonedo is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

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Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
David Cromer

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
David Cromer

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
David Cromer

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Stephen McKinley

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Stephen McKinley

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Michele Shay

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Michele Shay

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Keith Eric Chappelle

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Keith Eric Chappelle

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Billy EuGene Jones

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Billy EuGene Jones

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Kenny Leon and Billy EuGene Jones

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Darius Kaleb

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Darius Kaleb

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Darius Kaleb

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Thomas Michael Hammond

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Thomas Michael Hammond

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Sean PatRick Thomas

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Sean PatRick Thomas

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Aonika Laurent Thomas and Sean PatRick Thomas

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Bryce Clyde Jenkins

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Bryce Clyde Jenkins

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Jason Dirden

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Jason Dirden

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Denzel Washington with Lorraine Hasberry Family member

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Kenny Leon with Lorraine Hasberry Family

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Kenny Leon with Lorraine Hasberry Family

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Sophie Okonedo

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Sophie Okonedo

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Sophie Okonedo

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Samuel L. Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Anika Noni Rose

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Anika Noni Rose

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Anika Noni Rose

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Anika Noni Rose

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
Anika Noni Rose

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.