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Raisin

Raisin

by Judd Woldin, Robert Brittan, Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg

Award-Winning
Based on a Play
Critically-Acclaimed
Drama

Opening Soon on Broadway

Raisin

Raisin





The musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun that won the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical.


Story:

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena 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. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Based on A Raisin in the Sun


Composer

Composer
Judd Woldin

Lyricist

Lyricist
Robert Brittan

Librettist

Librettist
Robert Nemiroff

Librettist

Librettist
Charlotte Zaltzberg



Broadway Premiere

Theatre
46th Street Theatre and Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 18, 1973
Total Performances
847
Original Cast
Virginia Capers, Ernestine Jackson, Joe Morton, Deborah Allen, Ralph Carter, Robert Jackson, Helen Martin, Loretta Abbott, Elaine Beener, Chief Bey, Glenn Brooks, Walter P. Brown, Karen Burke, Paul Carrington, Herb Downer, Marilyn Hamilton, Don Jay, Eugene Little, Marenda Perry, Al Perryman, Zelda Pulliam, Renee Rose, Ted Ross, Richard Sanders, Chuck Thorpe, Gloria Turner
Director
Donald McKayle
Choreographer
Donald McKayle
Producer
Robert Nemiroff
Musical Director
Howard A. Roberts
Orchestrations
Al Cohn and Robert M. Freedman
Scenic Design
Robert U. Taylor
Costume Design
Bernard Johnson
Lighting Design
William Mintzer

1974 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Actress In A Musical - Virginia Capers
Best Book Of A Musical
Best Original Score
Best Actor In A Musical - Joe Morton
Best Featured Actor In A Musical - Ralph Carter
Best Featured Actress In A Musical - Ernestine Jackson
Best Choreography
Best Direction Of A Musical

1974 Theatre World Award Nominations

Ernestine Jackson
Joe Morton
Ralph Carter


Award Nominations

None

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