A Raisin in the Sun is coming, back, to Broadway!
For those that don’t know. A Raisin in the Sun is the story of a $10,000 insurance payment that could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for this family. Walter (wants to be rich and will do whatever he has to), Ruth (is happy with the current situation) and their son Travis, along with Walter’s mother Lena (Mama) (wants to buy a house and pay for Beneatha’s education) and sister Beneatha (in college and has to choose between an assimilated suitor or an African suitor) live together and each is trying to do the best that they can with the available options.
A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem “Harlem” (also known as “A Dream Deferred“) by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago‘s Woodlawn neighborhood.
The most famous version was probably the movie with Sidney Poitier.
and now …. with Denzel Washington (John Q., Malcolm X) as Walter Lee Younger, Sophie Okenedo (Hotel Rwanda, Skin) as his wife, Ruth, Anika Noni Rose (Dream Girls) as his sister Beneatha. LaTanya Richardson Jackson stepped in to play Lena (“mama”) after 78-year-old Diahann Carroll determined the Broadway schedule to be to grueling.
This one I’d like to see. The show starts April 23rd and runs for 14 weeks.