P. Diddy to star in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Feb. 27, 2004 at 1:41 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Rapper and producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs could earn as much as $700,000 if his 15-week run in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" is a hit.

Combs began rehearsals this week in the $2.6 million revival of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about a working-class black family.

The New York Post quoted production sources as saying Combs has agreed to take a modest weekly salary in exchange for about 20 percent of the profits.

The Post said he will earn about $1,400 a week, but could make as much as $700,000, if the show succeeds.

The play's other three cast members -- Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan -- also agreed to about $1,400 a week in exchange for a share of the profits.

With those salaries, the revival can break even at below $200,000 a week at the Royale, which has a weekly gross potential of about $580,000, the newspaper noted.

"A Raisin in the Sun" opens April 26.

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