A Raisin in the Sun is dramatic masterpiece which centers on the Younger’s. We meet them during a major period of transition, as they wait for a life insurance check that will change their lives. As Mama and Walter Lee have very different ideas of how the money should be spent, tensions arise, dynamics shift, and if the Younger’s are to pull together and fix what is broken, they must call on the most valuable thing they possess; the power of love, and discover more importantly, the power of Family.
A Raisin in the Sun: A Story of Dreams, Love and Family
Arguably the most important cornerstone of African American Theater, A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959. With an original Broadway cast that included Sidney Portier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, and Diana Sands, it went on to play 530 performances and was nominated for four Tony Awards.
The same performers recreated their work in the 1961 Original Film adaptation for Columbia Pictures. Just as it was in the theater community, the movie proved to be ground breaking in many ways. Prior to this movie, African-Americans had rarely been portrayed on screen in this specific light if ever. Portier and McNeil would go on to be nominated for Golden Globes for their work.
In 2004, the show celebrated its first revival. The all-star cast included Sean Combs (Diddy) as Walter Lee Younger and also featured Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, and Sanaa Lathan. This version was nominated for three Tony's and won two.
Their work was recreated for the 2008 TV-Movie which premiered on the ABC Network. The movie was nominated for two Emmy's.
Most recently in 2014, a second revival hit Broadway starring yet another all-star cast. This production featured Denzel Washington in the role of Walter, and featured LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Sophie Okonedo. This production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Director for Kenny Leon who directed the previous revival as well.
Evening Star Production originally produced their version in 2012 with Direction by Tony Mullins (it's Founder and CEO), Mullins also carried the role of Walter Lee. It was performed to a sold-out audience for its entire run.
In 2014, the decision was made to once again revive the show. Several cast members decided to return to the production which premiered on September, 26th at The Duke Energy Theater in Uptown Charlotte and after a brief run, closed on Saturday, October 4th.
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