Sean Combs, aka rap mogul P. Diddy, will not perform at the June 15 performance of Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun. The singer-designer-producer-actor has fallen victim to a stomach ailment. Doctors have instructed him to rest.
Billy Eugene Jones goes on in Combs' place as the passionate son in an African-American family at a crossroads. Jones is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama with regional credits at Yale Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre and Stage West.
Combs heads a production which won two 2004 Tony Awards. Phylicia Rashad was named Best Actress in a Play and Audra McDonald won the prize for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Their co-star, Sanaa Lathan, was also nominated for a Tony Award, as was the entire production. Kenny Leon directs.
The limited run at the Royale Theatre will end July 11.