Raisin

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

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  9m, 6f

Winner! Tony and Grammy Awards as Best Musical

"Pure magic...dazzling! Tremendous!...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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Tony and Grammy Awards as Best Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Pure magic...dazzling! Tremendous!...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

Videos

  • Raisin
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

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

    Chicago, USA

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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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Casting

9m, 6f

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus Chorus and extras

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Large orchestration:
*2 Keyboards I & II/Conductor’s Score (Keyboard II optional)
*Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophones)
*Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
*Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
*Reed IV (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
*Trumpets I & II
Trumpet III/Flugelhorn
*Horn
*Trombone I
*Trombone II
Tuba (or Bass II)
*Percussion (3 books)
Violin (3 books)
Viola
Cello
*Bass
*Guitar
*Minimum orchestration

Small orchestration:
Keyboard I & II/Conductor’s Score (Keyboard II optional)
Reed (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones)
Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Trombone
Guitar
Bass
Percussion (2 books)
25 Chorus Books


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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 play represented a landmark. In ...

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Robert Nemiroff

Robert Nemiroff

Judd Woldin

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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Robert Brittan

Robert Brittan

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

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