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.' More…
In segregated '50s Chicago, Walter Lee Younger and his mother Lena fight over how to spend their insurance money. He wants to start a business with friends, while she is eager to move the family out of the South Side and into Clybourne Park. Pulsing with the musical beat of the city, 'Raisin' depicts a black family’s struggle in the face of change.
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
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?
See it if you love a dramatic story about believable, moving characters, Broadway melodic jazz, social, family issues, African-American theatre.
Don't see it if you prefer light, fluffy entertainment or don't like musicals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
See it if you're a fan of A Raisin in the Sun; you want to see a solid production of this rarely-produced 1974 Best Musical. Important history.
Don't see it if you wouldn't be interested in a musicalized version of the play. But you'd be missing out.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you enjoy shows about family struggle with a powerful inspiring theme. It also has great singing, an impressive set, and terrific staging.
Don't see it if you're not interested in ethnic musicals.
See it if you liked the original, like Raisin in the Sun, want to see a big musical performed in a small venue.
Don't see it if you are looking for a big production or don't like the subject of racism.
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.
See it if you'd like to see a considered, thoughtful revival of this rarely performed, historically significant musical based on a masterpiece play.
Don't see it if you're not willing to "do the homework" as an audience member. Or if you're racist, I guess (unless it would knock some sense into you).
See it if you want to be reminded of why the heart and soul of people is so important. It was a wonderful production of an important story
Don't see it if you are blind to todays truths!
See it if You love A Raisin In The Sun. If you like musicals, 1950's era/music, and important social history that is still relevant in today's society
Don't see it if You dont like long plays that move slowly (2.5 hours) You don't like racial topics Dont like moving vocals and songs
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.
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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