PHOTO CALL: Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray Visit Denzel Washington and Cast at Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun

By Matthew Blank
02 Jun 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray took in the May 30 performance of Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun. They popped backstage at intermission to meet with the cast.



The production, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, began performances March 8 for a 14-week limited engagement through June 15.



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Denzel Washington with Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray
Photo by Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio



Originally produced in 1959, 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.

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 (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), 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." 

Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Mark Thompson, costume designer Ann Roth, sound designer Scott Lehrer and lighting designer Brian MacDevitt

The classic Hansberry drama was last seen on Broadway in 2004 starring Sean Combs.

Washington has also been seen on Broadway in Julius Caesar and Checkmates.

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street. Visit RaisinBroadway.com