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Raisin

Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff, Judd Woldin, Charlotte Zaltzberg, Robert Brittan

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  6f, 9m

Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg / Music by Judd Woldin / Lyrics by Robert Brittan / Based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

"Pure magic...dazzling! Tremendous!" - The New York Times

This pulsating, inspirational musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun wowed audiences and won the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 9m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Two 19974 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    Nominee: Nine 1974 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Score
    Winner! 1975 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album
    Winner! Two 1974 Theatre World Awards

Description

Raisin ran for three years on Broadway and enjoyed a record-breaking national tour. Lorraine Hansberry's classic is transformed into a soulful, inspiring musical as a proud Black family's quest for a better life explodes in song, dance, and incisive human drama.

History

Raisin was first presented on Broadway by Robert Nemiroff at the 46th Street Theatre on October 18, 1973.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Chicago, USA

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

6f, 9m
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

PEOPLE OF SOUTHSIDE
PUSHER
VICTIM
RUTH YOUNGER
TRAVIS YOUNGER
MRS. JOHNSON
WALTER LEE YOUNGER
BENEATHA YOUNGER
LENA YOUNGER (MAMA)
BAR GIRL
BOBO JONES
WILLIW HARRIS
JOSEPH ASAGI
PASTOR
PASTOR'S WIFE
KARL LINDER

Casting Notes

Plus Chorus and extras

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
Large Orchestration:
(*Required Minimum Instrumentation)
*2 Keyboards 1&2-Conductor (Keyboard 2 - Optional)

1 Reed 1* (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophones)
1 Reed 2* (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed 3* (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
1 Reed 4* (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
1 Trumpets 1&2*
1 Trumpet 3/Flugelhorn
1 Horn*
1 Trombone 1*
1 Trombone 2*
1 Tuba (or Bass 2)
3 Percussion*
3 Violin
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass*
1 Guitar*

Small Orchestration:
1 Keyboard 1&2-Conductor (Keyboard 2 - Optional)
1 Reed (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones)
1 Trumpet (Doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Trombone
1 Guitar
1 Bass
2 Percussion

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Full Package:

25 Vocal Books

Large Orchestration:

2 Keyboards 1&2-Conductor 
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Trumpets 1&2
1 Trumpet 3/Flugelhorn
1 Horn
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Tuba (or Bass 2)
3 Percussion
3 Violin
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Guitar

Small Orchestration:
1 Keyboard 1&2-Conductor
1 Reed
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Guitar
1 Bass
2 Percussion


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Media

Press

"Pure magic...dazzling! Tremendous!" – The New York Times

"Warms the heart and touches the soul with a human dimension that takes the measurement of man!" – The New York Times

"A tidal wave of soul!" – Ebony

Song Samples

Prologue
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Man Say
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Whose Angry Little Men
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Runnin' to Meet the Man
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A Whole Lotta Sunlight
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Booze
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Alaiyo
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Sweet Time
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You Done Right
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He Come Down This Morning
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It's a Deal
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Sidewalk Tree
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It's a Deal - Coda
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Not Anymore
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It's a Deal (Reprise)
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Measure the Valley
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Finale
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Authors

Lorraine Hansberry

When Lorraine Hansberry’s (1930-1965) A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became, at twenty-nine, the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The p ...

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Author

Robert Nemiroff

Author

Judd Woldin

Charlotte Zaltzberg

Charlotte Zaltzberg (1924-1974) was a Broadway writer and creative consultant who was best known for writing the book for Raisin, the musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun, for which she received a Tony Nomination for ...

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Author

Robert Brittan

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