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A Raisin in the Sun Broadway Original Cast Revival


A Raisin in the Sun Broadway

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".

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Keith Eric Chappelle, known for his roles in The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Blue Bloods, brought his talent to the stage in a past production of A Raisin in the Sun. more...

David Cromer, who played Karl Lindner in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, is a highly acclaimed director and actor with a Tony Award and multiple other accolades to his name. more...

Jason Dirden, who graced the Broadway stage in the past with his performances in A Raisin in the Sun and Fences, brought depth and nuance to these iconic productions. more...
(Understudy)
Charlie Hudson III, known for his roles in Archive 81, Manifest, and Shades of Blue, was a standout performer in a past production of A Raisin in the Sun. more...

Billy Eugene Jones, who has an extensive list of Broadway credits including A Raisin in the Sun, has also been recognized for his Off-Broadway performances with multiple Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Nomination. more...

Stephen McKinley Henderson, who has an impressive Broadway resume including a Tony nomination for his role in Fences and a part in the Tony-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, continues to showcase his versatile talent across stage and screen. more...

Sophie Okonedo, a renowned British actress known for her roles in Young Soul Rebels and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. more...

(Mother)
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who earned a Tony Award nomination for her role in *A Raisin in the Sun*, boasts an impressive array of theatre credits including *Joe Turner's Come and Gone*, *The Taming of the Shrew*, and *for colored girls...* among others. more...

Anika Noni Rose, who received Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, has a distinguished career spanning Broadway, film, and television, including her Tony Award-winning performance in Caroline, or Change and her iconic voice role as Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog. more...

(Brother)
Denzel Washington, who starred in the 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's *A Raisin in the Sun*, is widely regarded as the greatest actor of the 21st century, having received numerous accolades including two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. more...

Awards and Nominations


2014 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Actor in a Play: Denzel Washington was nominated but did not win.
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo was nominated but did not win.

2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo was nominated but did not win.
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Anika Noni Rose was nominated but did not win.

2014 Tony Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Sophie Okonedo won.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Anika Noni Rose was nominated but did not win.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: LaTanya Richardson Jackson was nominated but did not win.

Production Team

Kenny Leon Director
Brian MacDevitt Lighting Designer
Ann Roth Costume Designer
Mark Thompson Scenic Designer
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