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First Look: ABC's A Raisin in the Sun

First Look: ABC's A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun is already a true theater classic: It was the first play written by an African American woman to be performed on Broadway, and the original cast — including Sidney Poitier and current Oscar nominee Ruby Dee — was recognized with four Tony Awards. More than 40 years later, a 2004 revival starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald took home two Tony awards of its own.

Now, the majority of the Broadway cast has reunited for a television adaptation for ABC, which will air next Monday, Feb. 25. The movie has already screened at Sundance to positive reviews, and I'm eager to check it out for myself.

The play focuses on a family struggling to make a life for themselves in Chicago in the 1950s. Matriarch Lena Younger (Rashad) starts the story in motion, using money from her late husband's life insurance check to purchase a house in an all-white neighborhood — a move that isn't received well by their new neighbors. Meanwhile, the rest of the money ends up in the hands of Lena's son Walter (Combs), but instead of protecting and saving it to send his sister to medical school, he ends up tied up in a scam that could destroy the family's ambitions. It's a powerful story, and I'm curious to see how it translates to the small screen. To check out a preview, just


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Imani33 Imani33 9 years
I love this play, and P. Diddy/ Sean John better do a good job!!! Why did they even him pick him for the role? His own music doesn't even have emotion in it, how is he going to fair in this dynamic role!? Diddy please stay in the studio with your band!
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I read this play in college, and saw the original movie with Sidney P. It was very moving... I hope that this remake can do what the original did. From the preview, it looks like Phylicia Rashad just might carry it!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I'm looking forward to seeing this also. I heard the play was great. Also surprisingly a lot of people who have actually seem Puffy act say he's a good actor. P.S. Phylicia Rashad = Queen I can't wait to see her!!!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this looks interesting. i would love to see it.i haven't seen the original. i do like phylicia rashad though.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Sean Combs is not an actor! I hated the book and find it interesting that people view the play as relevant enough today to make a tv movie of it.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Sean Combs just bugs me to no end, he seems so incredibly full of himself.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
I'm a little apprehensive about Sean Combs' acting abilities, but I think the rest of the cast (and the amazing source material, hello!) make this a must-see. And isn't John Stamos in it as well?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to seeing Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald in this remake. Nothing beats a live, Broadway performance, but this looks as though it has some real promise.
marcella marcella 9 years
I love Phylicia Rashad!! She is so lovely and is a great example of how to age well!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I'm interested in seeing this. I read the book when I was in 10th grade for English class, and I think that that was around the same time that A Raisin in the Sun was on Broadway or had just been cast. Phylicia Rashad(Clair Huxtable) and Diddy seem like interesting actors to work on this play. I hope it does well in the ratings.
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 9 years
This looks like it could be really good.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
lol caterpillar ehhh i think i prefer my puff daddy straight out of the 90's ... mo money mo problems!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i think i have a wall to paint and watch dry that week.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am looking forward to seeing this remake. I loved the original and loved Sidney Poitier in the role. I look forward to seeing Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald. Sean better do a good job or I will be smdh.
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