DVD NEWS: A RAISIN IN THE SUN
The television movie adaptation of the Tony® award-winning Broadway revival will debut on DVD May 6
“Lorraine Hansberry’s drama remains relevant
in a classy adaptation of the recent Broadway revival.”
- Hollywood Reporter, James Greenberg
Sean Combs Stars in the Critically Acclaimed Revival of the Tony Award®-Winning Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Debuting on DVD May 6
Emmy and Tony Award® Winner Phylicia Rashad, four-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award® nominee Sanaa Lathan, and John Stamos Also Headline This Special
Sony Pictures Television Movie Adaptation
February 26, 2008
The critically acclaimed, Sony Pictures Television movie adaptation of the Tony® award-winning Broadway revival, A Raisin in the Sun will debut on DVD May 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Recreating their roles for the television adaptation are Sean Combs (Made, Monster’s Ball), Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad (TV’s “The Cosby Show”), four-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald (TV’s “Wit” and “Private Practice”), Tony Award® nominee Sanaa Lathan (Out of Time, Something New), and John Stamos (TV’s “ER”). A Raisin in the Sun was also the very first broadcast network television film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. The DVD will be available for $24.94 SRP.
Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. It premiered in 1959 with a cast that included Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett, Jr. A Columbia Pictures feature film with the same cast followed in 1961. Hansberry helped pave the way for playwrights like Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, and August Wilson, who have since come to represent the high-water marks of African-American drama.
This television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun premiered on ABC February 25, 2008, and was directed by Kenny Leon (TV’s “I'll Fly Away: Then and Now”), who also helmed the critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival with stars Combs, Rashad, McDonald and Lathan.
The movie is executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment, Sean Combs' Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group and Sony Pictures Television. The show's Broadway producers, Carl Rumbaugh, Susan Batson and David Binder, also serve as executive producers. The film is produced by John M. Eckert. Kenny Leon, who received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director for his staging of the play on Broadway, makes his film debut with this movie; and Paris Qualles, writer of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated "Tuskeegee Airmen" and "The Rosa Parks Story," adapted Hansberry's play for the new movie event.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron produced "Hairspray," executive-produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Chicago" and the Emmy-winning TV productions of "Gypsy," "Cinderella," "Annie," "Serving in Silence" and "Life with Judy Garland." Their films have won six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, eleven Emmy Awards and two Peabodys. For their work in television, their movies have amassed 66 Emmy nominations.
A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. The ground-breaking drama portrays a brief period of time in the life of the Younger family as they anxiously await the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check made out to the family matriarch Lena Younger (Rashad), from the estate of her late husband, Walter Lee. Experiencing a renewed sense of optimism, everyone in the family has his or her own ideas about how to use the new-found wealth for a fresh start. A Raisin in the Sun is a fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes and dreams are constantly deferred.
DVD Special Features Include:
Featurette: Audio Commentary with Director Kenny Leon
Featurette: Dreams Worth While: The Journey of A Raisin in the Sun
Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Subtitles: English, French