“A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s prize-winning drama, was named best revival of a play at the 68th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.
Directed by Kenny Leon, the production stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington as the head of a poor Chicago family determined to become wealthy. With Scott Rudin producing, it was the trio's second collaboration after “Fences,” which won Washington a Tony in 2010.
Earlier in the evening, Sophie Okonedo won the Tony for featured actress for her performance in "Raisin," and Leon won a Tony for his direction.
At the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, tickets to “A Raisin in the Sun” have easily sold out. Among the attendees this year were President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The other nominees in the category this year were Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy "Twelfth Night," Tennessee Williams' memory drama "The Glass Menagerie" and Martin McDonagh's dark comedy "The Cripple of Inishmaan."
Last year's winner in the category was Pam MacKinnon’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” starring Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks.