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Diahann Carroll in her
groundbreaking TV series Julia
Denzel Washington won an Oscar
A Raisin in the Sun History
The powerful drama A Raisin in the Sunpremiered on Broadway on March 11, 1959. It was nominated for four Tonys, including Best Play. Also nominated were Sidney Poitier (Best Actor in Play), Claudia McNeil (Best Actress in a Play), and Lloyd Richards (Best Direction of a Play).
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959, and it ran for nearly two years on Broadway before being successfully produced on tour. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first play with a black director (Lloyd Richards) on Broadway.