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'Raisin in the Sun' wins the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play

'Raisin in the Sun' wins the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) --The latest incarnation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" was named Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards ceremony in New York Sunday night.
Karen Butler
'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
LaTanya Richardson Jackson to co-star in 'Raisin in the Sun'

LaTanya Richardson Jackson to co-star in 'Raisin in the Sun'

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- LaTanya Richardson Jackson is to play Lena Younger opposite Denzel Washington in the upcoming Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun," producers announced.
Denzel Washington returning to Broadway

Denzel Washington returning to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Denzel Washington is to play Walter Lee Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's drama "A Raisin in the Sun," producers announced Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 19, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 19, 2012.
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Show will go on for 'Clybourne Park'

Show will go on for 'Clybourne Park'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, says he has taken over as producer of the Broadway staging of "Clybourne Park."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, May 19, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, May 19, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2006 with 226 to follow.
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Musician, poet Oscar Brown Jr. dies at 78

CHICAGO, May 31 (UPI) -- Oscar Brown Jr. -- a "startling genius" who portrayed black culture in music, poetry and plays -- has died of respiratory failure in Chicago. He was 78.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 19, the 139th day of 2005 with 226 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 19, the 140th day of 2004 with 226 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 19, the 139th day of 2003 with 226 to follow.
By United Press International

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Lorraine Hansberry
Actress Audra McDonald (left) applaudes Sean Combs Broadway debut in "A Raisin in the Sun" while he holds a t shirt with the image of the late author Lorraine Hansberry during the April 26, 2004 curtain call. (UPI/Ezio Petersen)
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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired by her family's legal battle against racially segregated housing laws in the Washington Park Subdivision of the South Side of Chicago during her childhood.

Hansberry attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but found college to be uninspiring and left in 1950 to pursue her career as a writer in New York City, where she attended The New School. She worked on the staff of the Black newspaper Freedom under the auspices of Paul Robeson, and also worked with W. E. B. DuBois, whose office was in the same building. A Raisin in the Sun was written at this time, and was a huge success. It was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. At 29 years, she became the youngest American playwright and only the 5th woman to receive the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. While many of her other writings were published in her lifetime - essays, articles, and the text for the SNCC book The Movement, the only other play given a contemporary production was The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window.

In 1961, Hansberry was set to replace Vinnette Carroll as the director of the musical, Kicks and Co, after its try-out at Chicago's McCormick Place. It was written by Oscar Brown, Jr. and featured an interracial cast including Lonnie Sattin, Nichelle Nichols, Vi Velasco, Al Freeman, Jr., Zabeth Wilde and Burgess Meredith in the title role of Mr. Kicks. A satire involving miscegenation, the $400,000 production was co-produced by her husband Robert Nemiroff, but despite a warm reception in the Windy City, the show never made it to Broadway.

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