Raisin NYC Reviews and Tickets

(45 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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536 Reviews | 279 Followers
Kudos to apac for re-discovering a nearly lost musical, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great directing and dancing making great use of the apac space, Wonderful ensemble work

See it if This show has not been revived in over 40 years! It's a terrifically entertaining show—one that is good for the entire family.

Don't see it if you should see it. Who knows when you will have the chance to see it again?

90 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Profound

See it if passionate performances. Small theater space. Lovely story about family and trying to make better for your family.

Don't see it if you dont want to know more of the black struggle. Want high class sets.

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
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.

70 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Great acting, Impactful

See it if you want to see a piece of great theater with fantastic singing, acting, and dancing. Explores family relationships and struggles.

Don't see it if You don't like shows dealing with race and conflict.

137 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want a rarely seen revival that is better than most on Broadway, you want to experience a great cast up close, you want brilliance.

Don't see it if you are not able to make it to Astoria...the only reason not to go.

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Masterful, Relevant, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love a stylish musical dealing with sometimes disturbing social issues. You want to learn more about the black and/or poor experience

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musical theatre.

66 Reviews | 14 Followers
Great singing, Great choreography, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like to see rarely-revived musicals, well-staged, with strong singing, dancing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like going out to Astoria to see a show (your loss.)

262 Reviews | 57 Followers
Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you love a good story and want to see a top-notch cast perform a rarely revived award winner.

Don't see it if race is not a theme you like to have addressed in theater

Critic Reviews (3)

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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