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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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
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.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
98
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?

372 Reviews | 43 Followers
80
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Like a scaled down version of a forgotten show. Interested in a best musical in a year of not great musicals.

Don't see it if Expect in-depth characters. Score is jazz-infused but actually disappointing.

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You do or do not know the original story. You want to see a great performance with great costumes and great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a feel good performance. You don't want to but you will miss out. You don't want to feel the characters ups and downs. Read more

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
85
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Well done

See it if you want to see a professional performance of the musical of Raisin In the Sun performed by Queen's finest theater group, beautifully staged

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musical versions of classic plays even though this is totally professional and has not been seen since the original.

263 Reviews | 52 Followers
90
Ambitious, Masterful, Great singing and choreography, Dated, Resonant

See it if You are interested in a fully staged version of this rarely seen classic, artfully wedged into a small venue in Queens. Well worth the trip.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate some uneven acting/ singing in an overall excellent production, or you can't tolerate a long trip to a small theater.

258 Reviews | 56 Followers
90
Profound, Relevant, A delightful surprise

See it if you want a first class production, inventive, from a company that deserves much more attention. Missed the original? this is a treasure.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not wanting to see this beautiful work. Read more

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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