Thursday, November 30, 2006
A Raisin in The Sun to hit the Small Screen
From Chicago, to Rent and most recently, Dreamgirls, Hollywood is churning out the Broadway hits left and right and nobody's more excited than the Cocoa Lounge that A Raisin in the Sun is coming soon to a television near you--and all of the original Broadway cast members are onboard!
The Lorraine Hansberry play returned to Broadway in 2004 and starred Phylicia Rashad, Audra MacDonald, Sanaa Lathan and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs as the Youngers, a family of African Americans who face obstacles trying to move into their dream home in an all-white neighborhood.
For their performances, Phylicia, Audra and Sanaa all garnered Tony Award Nominations, with both Phyilica and Audra walking away with Broadway's highest honors. Phylicia Rashad made history that night, becoming the first African-American ever to be awarded Leading Actress in a Play.
The 3 hour television movie is currently shooting in Canada and John Stamos recently joined the all-star cast. Paris Qualles penned the screenplay and Kenny Leon will direct. This isn't the first time A Raisin in the Sun has been adapted for film, it was originally made for the big screen in 1961 and helped to solidify Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee as serious, furious actors.
We know there's nothing like watching a live show in New York but finally, those of us who don't reside in the Big Apple can get a taste of Broadway without even leaving our own couch. Ain't it grand?