From Romeo and Juliet to Of Mice and Men, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Play Revivals

By Playbill Staff
18 Apr 2014

Show: A Raisin in the Sun
Theatre: Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Preview: March 8
Opening: April 3
Closing: June 15
Creators: Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Direction by Kenny Leon.
Original Principal Cast: Denzel Washington as Walter Lee Younger, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena Younger, Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger, Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha Younger, Stephen Tyrone Williams as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo, David Cromer as Karl Lindner and Bryce Clyde Jenkins as Travis Younger.
Synopsis: Here's how producer Scott Rudin bills the work: "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 (Washington), his wife Ruth (Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Rose), his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Carroll). 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 photos from Raisin's opening night on Broadway.

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