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.
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.
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?
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.
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.