2017-04-26 / Front Page

‘Raisin’ Finally Returns To NY, Coming To Astoria Performing Arts Center

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will present a limited engagement of the critically acclaimed musical, “Raisin” this for their spring musical revival. Winner of the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical featuring dynamic entertainers Debbie Allen and Joe Morton, and adapted from Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play, this timeless musical will return to New York City after a 42-year hiatus, from May 4-27, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St. (at 30th Road), Astoria, NY 11102.

In segregated 1950s Chicago, Walter Lee Younger and his mother, Lena, fight over the spending of insurance money. He wants to start a business with friends, while she is eager to move the family out of the South Side and into a white middle-class neighborhood. Pulsing with the musical beat of the city, “Raisin” depicts a black family’s struggle in the face of change.

“Raisin,” also won a Grammy Award for Best Score from the Original Cast Show Album, and a national tour followed. APAC’s production will be the first time the show has been fully produced in New York City since its initial Broadway run.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and $12 for students, and can be purchased at www.apacny.org

“Adventurous theater in Astoria,” The New York Times said about the award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2001. To date, APAC has received 41 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and six wins (including three for Outstanding Musical Production for “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Allegro,” and “Children of Eden”), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (“Is There Life After High School?”). APAC was also the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award.

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