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Ethel Barrymore Theatre (New York, NY)
243 West 47th St. Seating Chart

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Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
Beginning April 8:
Tuesdays: 7:00pm and
Wednesdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

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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 (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). 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.

Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American dramas. A Raisin in the Sun belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey into Night." The New York Times has hailed it as "the play that changed American theatre forever".

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Revival Recoups on Broadway!Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Revival Recoups on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - June 10, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is celebrating a big week. Not only did it take home three 2014 Tony Awards (Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play -- Kenny Leon, and Best Featured Actress in a Play -- Sophie Okonedo) on Sunday night, it has also recouped its entire capitalization. The production, which began previews Saturday, March 8, officially opened on Thursday, April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47 Street), where it will end its limited engagement run this Sunday, June 15. (more...)

BWW TV: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo on Winning the 2014 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a PlayBWW TV: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo on Winning the 2014 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 8, 2014

As announced earlier this evening, Sophie Okonedo has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to her - hear what Okonedo had to say below! (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Wins 2014 Tony for Best Revival of a PlayA RAISIN IN THE SUN Wins 2014 Tony for Best Revival of a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolved around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony for Best Featured Actress in a PlayA RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014

Sophie Okonedo has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun. This is Sophie Okonedo's first Tony nomination and her Broadway debut. She starred as Cressida in the National Theatre's Troilus and Cressida (1999). Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for Hotel Rwanda in 2004 and a Golden Globe for Tsunami: The Aftermath in 2006. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon Wins Tony for Best Direction of a PlayA RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon Wins Tony for Best Direction of a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, both featuring Phylicia Rashad; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway hit Emergence-See featuring Daniel Beaty, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and From the Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre). (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Anika Noni Rose Talks Denzel & More on Next 'Katie'VIDEO: First Look - A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Anika Noni Rose Talks Denzel & More on Next 'Katie'
by TV News Desk - June 5, 2014

On Friday's 'Katie,' Tony-nominated actress Anika Noni Rose stops by to talk about her career and shares behind-the-scenes stories of working with the cast of 'A Raisin in the Sun.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray Visit A RAISIN IN THE SUNPhoto Flash: Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray Visit A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - June 2, 2014

On Friday night, May 30, Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife First Lady Chirlane McCray saw A Raisin in the Sun and headed backstage at intermission to take photos with the company. Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Scroll down for a look at the couple with the cast! (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo Joins BBC TV's THE HOLLOW CROWNA RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo Joins BBC TV's THE HOLLOW CROWN
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

The Daily Mail writes that Tony nominee Sophie Okonedo, currently starring in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, will appear opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and others in BBC TV's upcoming trilogy THE HOLLOW CROWN, which includes Shakespeare's HENRY VI trilogy and RICHARD III. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Releases 68-Page Digital Souvenir BookA RAISIN IN THE SUN Releases 68-Page Digital Souvenir Book
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, which is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), just released a 68-page digital souvenir book in honor of Hansberry's birthday, May 19. Click here to download the special souvenir book now! (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Star Denzel Washington to Host 'Broadway Junior' Event, 5/19A RAISIN IN THE SUN Star Denzel Washington to Host 'Broadway Junior' Event, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Denzel Washington, currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, will serve as Host of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Student Share celebration while hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools make their Broadway debut on stage at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44 St.) on Monday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. (Press set up at 9:30 a.m.; select pre-show photo ops at 10 a.m.). (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: Cast of A RAISIN IN THE SUNIn the Spotlight Series: Cast of A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Walter McBride - April 18, 2014

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun opened last week at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Below you can check out photos of the cast in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride! (more...)

President and First Lady Obama Set to Visit A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Broadway TonightPresident and First Lady Obama Set to Visit A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2014

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun just opened last week at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). According to Deadline, the show will soon welcome some high profile guests- the Obamas. President Obama and the First Lady are set to attend tonight's performance 'if all goes to plan.' (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Denzel Washington & More in A RAISIN IN THE SUNBWW TV: Watch Highlights of Denzel Washington & More in A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 7, 2014

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun just opened last week at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). 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. Check out highlights from the production below! (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Opening Night!BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 5, 2014

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for the opening night after party, where he got to chat with all of the show's stars right after the curtain went down. Join in all of the opening night excitement below! (more...)

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Opening Night!BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 4, 2014

The stars gathered last night to celebrate the opening night of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with all of the celebrity guests before they took there seats inside of the Barrymore. Check out interviews with Samuel L. Jackson, Kenny Leon, Spike and Tonya Lee and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Opening Night Theatre ArrivalsPhoto Coverage: Inside A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals
by Walter McBride - April 4, 2014

The stars gathered last night to celebrate the opening night of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun 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. BroadwayWorld brings you complete photo coverage from the star-studded red carpet below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!Photo Coverage: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Celebrates Opening!
by Walter McBride - April 4, 2014

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! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Denzel Washington & A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Take Opening Night Bows!Photo Coverage: Denzel Washington & A RAISIN IN THE SUN Cast Take Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - April 4, 2014

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 photo's from the cast's first curtain call below! (more...)

Denzel Washington Wants to Return to Broadway 'Every Three or Four Years'Denzel Washington Wants to Return to Broadway 'Every Three or Four Years'
by Movies News Desk - April 4, 2014

Denzel Washington made his triumphant return to the Broadway stage last night in ôA Raisin in the Sun,ö which opened at New York's Barrymore Theater. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Kenny Leon's Sterling Second Go at A RAISIN IN THE SUNBWW Reviews: Kenny Leon's Sterling Second Go at A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Michael Dale - April 4, 2014

If Kenny Leon would like to keep on mounting productions of Lorraine Hansberry's riveting classic every decade I'd be most happy to go see them all. (more...)

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