Cover image for Raisin ; the 1974 Tony award & 1975 Grammy award best musical based on Lorraine Hansberry's "A raisin in the sun"
Raisin ; the 1974 Tony award & 1975 Grammy award best musical based on Lorraine Hansberry's "A raisin in the sun"
Woldin, Judd.
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Uniform Title:
Raisin. Libretto. English.
Publication Information:
New York : Samuel French, [1978]

Physical Description:
118 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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ML50.W64 R34 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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Based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Musical Drama / 9m, 6f, chorus and extras / Unit set This winner of Tony and Grammy awards as Best Musical ran for three years on Broadway and enjoyed a record breaking national tour. A proud family's quest for a better life meets conflicts that span three generations and set the stage for a drama rich in emotion and laughter. Taking place on Chicago's Southside, it explodes in song, dance, drama and comedy. "Pure magic ... dazzling Tremendous ... Warms the heart and touches the soul ... with a human dimension that takes the measurement of man " - N.Y. Times "A tidal wave of soul " - Ebony

Author Notes

American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career.

Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964.

Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

(Bowker Author Biography)