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A Raisin in the Sun - 2014 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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".

History:

Revival
Run Type:Limited Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: March 08, 2014
Closing:June 15, 2014

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)

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Review: Washington great in 'A Raisin in the Sun' - Associated Press
The show that opened Thursday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is blistering, beautifully acted and superbly touching...Director Kenny Leon gets a second bite of the apple...and offers a throbbing, vibrant production that is a match for this 55-year-old American masterpiece. There's real humor here, too, both physical and scripted. Washington is startlingly good as Walter Lee Younger, the frustrated chauffeur and dreamer. He has the cadences and the trapped physicality in his bones -- warm and loose until he's cold and volatile...The script says Washington is supposed to be 35 -- the actor is 59 -- but all that matters is a brilliant performance, funny and poignant.

Theater review: 'A Raisin in the Sun' -- 2 stars - amNY
It's too bad Denzel Washington didn't play Walter Lee, the dissatisfied 35-year-old protagonist of Lorraine Hansberry's monumental 1959 African-American family drama "A Raisin in the Sun," 25 years ago. Now at age 59, there is no escaping the reality that Washington is simply too old to convincingly play the role, resulting in a fundamental imbalance and lack of credibility to the new Broadway revival...In addition to the age issue, Washington overplays Walter Lee's moodiness and often adds an inappropriately jocular and hammy tone, encouraging the audience to laugh during some of the play's most heartbreaking moments. Rose, who sparkles in scene after scene, ends up stealing the show. As Walter Lee's wife Ruth, Sophie Okonedo comes off as one-dimensionally plain and stern. Jackson too is disappointing. David Cromer, best known as a director, is out of place as the community representative who tries to bribe the family to not move to a white suburb.


 



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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.
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!
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).
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.
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).
by Caryn Robbins - 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.'
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!
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.
by Nicole Rosky - 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!
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.).
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!
by Nicole Rosky - 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.'
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!

A Raisin in the Sun Frequently Asked Questions

What Tony Awards has A Raisin in the Sun been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Play for Kenny Leon, Best Revival of a Play for John Johnson, Best Revival of a Play for A Raisin in the Sun, Best Revival of a Play for S.D. Wagner, Best Revival of a Play for Joey Parnes, Best Revival of a Play for Jhett Tolentino, Best Revival of a Play for Joan Raffe, Best Revival of a Play for Daryl Roth, Best Revival of a Play for Heni Koenigsberg, Best Revival of a Play for The Araca Group, Best Revival of a Play for Tulchin Bartner Productions, Best Revival of a Play for Sonia Friedman, Best Revival of a Play for Ruth Hendel, Best Revival of a Play for Stephanie P. McClelland, Best Revival of a Play for Roy Furman, Best Revival of a Play for Scott M. Delman, Best Revival of a Play for Jon B. Platt, Best Revival of a Play for Eli BushBest Revival of a Play for Roger Berlind and Best Revival of a Play for Scott Rudin.

What Tony Awards has A Raisin in the Sun won?
Best Direction of a Play for Kenny Leon, Best Revival of a Play for John Johnson, Best Revival of a Play for A Raisin in the Sun, Best Revival of a Play for S.D. Wagner, Best Revival of a Play for Joey Parnes, Best Revival of a Play for Jhett Tolentino, Best Revival of a Play for Joan Raffe, Best Revival of a Play for Daryl Roth, Best Revival of a Play for Heni Koenigsberg, Best Revival of a Play for The Araca Group, Best Revival of a Play for Tulchin Bartner Productions, Best Revival of a Play for Sonia Friedman, Best Revival of a Play for Ruth Hendel, Best Revival of a Play for Stephanie P. McClelland, Best Revival of a Play for Roy Furman, Best Revival of a Play for Scott M. Delman, Best Revival of a Play for Jon B. Platt, Best Revival of a Play for Eli Bush Best Revival of a Play for Roger Berlind and Best Revival of a Play for Scott Rudin.

What other awards has A Raisin in the Sun been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Denzel WashingtonOutstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun and Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sophie Okonedo.

What other awards has A Raisin in the Sun won?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for LaTanya Richardson Jackson Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Denzel Washington Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sophie Okonedo.

What awards has A Raisin in the Sun been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Denzel WashingtonOutstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun and Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sophie Okonedo.

What awards has A Raisin in the Sun won?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for LaTanya Richardson Jackson Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Denzel Washington Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sophie Okonedo.

What productions of A Raisin in the Sun have there been?
A Raisin in the Sun has had 6 productions including Broadway which opened in 1959, Off-Broadway which opened in 1986, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2014 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2022.