Sean Combs stars in the three-hour TV movie adaptation from Sony Pictures Television of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' along with the other cast members of the award-winning Broadway revival who recreate their roles for the new film, including Emmy and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, four-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award-nominee Sanaa Lathan, plus ER star John Stamos. Based on the play that inspired a generation, 'A Raisin in the Sun' will air as an 'ABC World Premiere Movie Event,' Monday, Feb. 25 on the ABC Television Network, the night after ABC's live telecast of the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
'A Raisin in the Sun' tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. A fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes and dreams are constantly deferred, '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 with the same cast followed in 1961. The classic, still-relevant story now will be showcased in this totally new television movie adaptation.
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. 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 picture 'Chicago' and the Emmy-winning '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.