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A Night With Denzel – A Raisin In The Sun Broadway Play Review

by Nellie

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I am a huge fan of the arts. Since my wonderful mother and Auntie have been taking  me to plays regularly since I was 5 years old it is not surprising that I love Broadway so much.  So when I got an email last February from my church staff offering tickets to see the legendary Denzel Washington in the hit revival A Raisin In The Sun, I jumped on it so fast I might have caught whiplash.

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You see, in NYC the popular plays are fairly hard to get tickets for. So when you combine amazing A List actors with a phenomenal story, just like that you have the hottest ticket in town. I was so geeked to get one!

A Raisin In The Sun is a classic play that has been on Broadway before and has also been turned into a movie.

An American classic, A Raisin in the Sun takes place in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. Matriarch Lena plans to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood when she receives a hefty insurance check. Her son Walter dreams of buying a liquor store and being his own man, and her daughter Beneatha dreams of attending medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play.

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So can I just say that Denzel was created for this role? I suppose that is what makes Denzel so special, every role he takes on he gives 150% so it feels as if he was born to do every role we see him in. It was actually quite hysterical because before the show I was excited and you can feel the excitement in the room. When the lights went low and the play started… The excitement grew even more for Denzel’s appearance. I mean, we knew he was there… But to actually see him perform for us?

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Finally you heard his unmistakable voice from behind the set. You heard little gasps and squeals in the crowd. Then he busted out on to the stage and the entire theater broke out into loud applause, I couldn’t tell you what his first lines were because I was clapping and screaming like a crazy woman the theater was so loud.

But the shows greatness was only complimented by the amazing cast around him. I was especially excited to see Anika Noni Rose playing his sister in the play. Since I am eternally obsessed with “Dreamgirls” she feels like the ultimate friend in my head. She was absolutely hysterical when she needed to be and super serious when she needed to be as well. As much as I loved Denzel, she really made the play what it was.

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I’ve seen many plays and many musicals and this is hands down  one of the best plays I’ve seen since I saw Two Trains Running when I was 9 years old…. And I’ve seen a lot of plays in between. Excellent job.

What is the last Broadway play you saw? What is your favorite Denzel movie?

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27 comments

Kristina Walters June 3, 2014 - 5:23 am

That’s awesome! I have only seen high school musicals, never Broadway. He has done so many good movies, I can’t really think of one in particular that I like the best. He is a great actor!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:35 pm

He really is a fantastic actor!

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Janine Huldie June 3, 2014 - 7:10 am

I, too, love NYC and Broadway plays and like you love going to them. this one sounds amazing and would love to see Denzel. So jealous!!!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:34 pm

You gotta come see another one soon Janine!

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Carla June 3, 2014 - 7:49 am

we’ve seen soooo many recently.
and I wanna get back and see mo’
BROAWAY IM COMING IN MARCH!!!!!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:34 pm

YAY!

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Michelle June 3, 2014 - 9:42 am

Annie was the last one I saw, with my daughter! I do love Denzel…that is so cool that you saw this! He is an amazing actor. So exciting!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:33 pm

He really is awesome!! I need to see Annie, it has had such great reviews!

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Keyalus June 3, 2014 - 10:33 am

I have no desire to live in NYC with the exception of the part of me that absolutely loves Broadway although I tend to prefer musicals to plays. I would really love to see this!

The last Broadway (in Atlanta) show I saw was “Book of Mormon”. It was hilarious! The last actual Broadway show I saw was “In The Heights” on on whirlwind trip to the city. That’s one of my favorites. I need to do another quick trip so that I can see Kinky Boots.

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Oh man I want to see Book of Mormon!! Kinky boots is fantastic I hear, but it is one of the hot tickets as well…

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FitBritt June 3, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Sounds like an amazing play! I love seeing shows. I’m a big musical and dance fan. I think Denzel Washington is fantastic in everything!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:32 pm

He really is great in everything, I haven’t seen him in a movie that I didn’t like!

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LaShawn June 3, 2014 - 4:52 pm

I haven’t been to a play in YEARS! The last one I saw was The Lion King and The Color Purple. I used to love going to plays and I am insanely jeolous you got to see Denzel in A Raisin in the Sun!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:32 pm

I never saw The Color Purple!! The lion King however, it just so classic! I need to see it again.

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Leslie June 3, 2014 - 6:37 pm

What a fantastic opportunity! Denzel Washington is truly an amazing actor and deserves to be included in any “Hall of Fame” of acting that there might be. I haven’t seen a Broadway show since I was a teenager (sad, I know). Thankfully we live close enough to both DC and Baltimore that we get some pretty good acts.

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:31 pm

You gotta come back at least for a weekend and see a show Leslie!

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Tamara June 3, 2014 - 9:42 pm

You know, I don’t have a favorite Denzel movie! Not sure I’ve seen many. Shame on me.
I haven’t seen a Broadway play in ages. I think it was “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk” and I FELL ASLEEP. Not because it was boring, but I was sick, I think. It was so loud too.

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:30 pm

GIRL I saw that one and I remember it clearly! I remember sitting there thinking how can so much NOISE sound so darn GOOD? It really was perplexing.

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Miz Kp June 4, 2014 - 9:30 am

I am a huge Denzel fan. Seen almost all his movies and have seen all of his plays. We went to see A Raisin in the Sun last night as an early birthday gift to me. Loved it. As always Denzel delivered. He also had a great supporting cast. Folks should not sleep on Anika Noni Rose. She was born to be on stage. A favorite Denzel movie? Oh my!!! Too hard to choose. Oh how I love him so! 🙂

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Right?! Anika totally stole the show!! I really was pleasantly surprised by her performance!! Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

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Quiana June 4, 2014 - 5:21 pm

That’s so awesome you got to go! I’ve heard such amazing things about his performance especially. I definitely woulda been a squealer!

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I would have squealed too, but I was just so excited I stayed quiet. total opposite!!

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Brittnei June 5, 2014 - 12:54 am

What an amazing experience, Nellie! I do recognize the lady he is dancing with. I’m wondering if that is the actress that you are referring to. I have seen a few things on Broadway before. I think the Lion King was pretty amazing. 🙂

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:24 pm

The Lion King is a forever classic and I hope it NEVER leaves broadway. I need to see it again soon!

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Cassandre June 5, 2014 - 10:45 am

I am not a huge broadway fan (i know what type of New Yorker am I), i try and give it a chance but sometimes i just can’t get into it.. my sister though is a broadway addict so because of her i go. the last one we saw was After Midnight with Vanessa Williams..

i did want to see A Raisin in the Sun, but ticket prices were CRAY

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Nellie June 8, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Girl it was ONLY my sistafriends hook up that got me in the building. I don’t think I could have afforded it otherwise!

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