A Raisin in the Sun picks up FIVE Tony nominations.
The Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play has picked up five Tony nominations: LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Mama) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play; Sophie Okonedo (Ruth) and Anika Noni Rose (Beneatha) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play; Kenny Leon for Best Direction of a Play; and Best Revival of a Play.
The Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on April 3 at the Barrymore Theater. Directed by Kenny Leon, the show will play a limited engagement through June 15. Joining two-time Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington in the cast are LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Mama), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Ruth), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Beneatha), Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Bobo), David Cromer (Karl Linder), Jason Dirden (George Murchison), Sean Patrick Thomas (Asagai), and Bryce Clyde Jenkins (Travis).
Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine 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.