Musical - Original

46th Street Theatre (October 18, 1973 - December 28, 1974)
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (January 13, 1975 - December 07, 1975)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 10, 1973
  • Opening Date: October 18, 1973
  • Closing Date: December 7, 1975
  • Previews: 9
  • Performances: 847

Book: Charlotte Zaltzberg, Robert Nemiroff

Music: Edwin Judd Woldin

Lyrics: Robert Brittan


Walter Younger and his mother struggle over how best to use his late father's insurance money in this musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun. Walter hopes to use it to open a liquor store and mother Lena is eager to move her family out of Chicago's black ghetto.


Opening Night Cast

Loretta Abbott Victim
Debbie Allen in Raisin Debbie Allen Beneatha Younger
Elaine Beener People of the Southside
Bar Girl
Chief Bey African Drummer
Glenn Brooks People of the Southside
Walter P. Brown Willie Harris
Karen Burke People of the Southside
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Robert Nemiroff Book
  Charlotte Zaltzberg Book
  Edwin Judd Woldin Music
  Robert Brittan Lyricist
  Donald McKayle Director
  Donald McKayle Choreographer
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1973 - 1974

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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1974 Theatre World Award Ralph Carter Winner
1974 Theatre World Award Joe Morton Winner
1974 Theatre World Award Ernestine Jackson Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1974 Actor in a Musical Joe Morton Nominee
1974 Actress in a Musical Virginia Capers Winner
1974 Book of a Musical Robert Nemiroff
Charlotte Zaltzberg
1974 Choreography Donald McKayle Nominee
1974 Direction of a Musical Donald McKayle Nominee
1974 Featured Actor in a Musical Ralph Carter Nominee
1974 Featured Actress in a Musical Ernestine Jackson Nominee
1974 Musical   Winner
1974 Original Score Edwin Judd Woldin
Robert Brittan
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