Raisin
85

Raisin NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
2%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant

About the Show

Astoria Performing Arts Center presents NYC's first full-fledged revival of this 1974 Best Musical Tony winner, based on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

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Member Reviews (45)

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80
Enchanting, Dated, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Good singing, acting, dancing. Story and characters relevant to the racial issues of that time. Enjoyable, entertaining performance.

Don't see it if The serious themes are set up by contrived story elements typical of lighter musicals.

95
Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if Our 1st view of the musical.. The kid stole the show Clever use of space. Great place for band. Brought us back to original".........Sun

Don't see it if only draw back is the trek for us from Brooklyn.. Don't miss it.

Critic Reviews (3)

BroadwayWorld
May 11th, 2017

"One hopes the production will restore 'Raisin' to its rightful place in the musical theater canon—not because it takes up relevant social and political topics (which it does), but because it's a fine show with compelling music and lyrics, and sharp, elegant prose...The powerhouse acting distracts you from the the tinny, thin piano, but mics would have shown off the performers' voices...'Raisin' achieves its end: the arousal of empathy and commitment to racial and social justice."
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Stage Buddy
May 17th, 2017

“Bondarin’s thrilling direction takes advantage of the rhythm in famous lines from Hansberry’s play and Woldin’s score…Few American musicals deal with race in the delicate but powerful way in which ‘Raisin’ does...While Hansberry’s play is rightfully celebrated, there is something primal that comes through when we hear the characters sing about their plight, the music truly communicates with us at a soul level…An absolutely necessary musical.”
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BOAST: Best of Astoria
May 8th, 2017

“APAC’s deeply felt, soulful revival of ‘Raisin’ left me warmed and transported…Sometimes a big score will overwhelm and drown out the stillness and subtlety of such a story. Happily, APAC’s production maintains the delicacy—expanding the emotional reach of the world just enough…In a story of people with difficult lives, the jazz-inflected score injects a measure of joy and transcendence…‘Raisin’ is sure to be a welcome balm to sooth, comfort, and uplift.”
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