Credit: Kwaku Alston

I just got back from this evening’s premiere of A Raisin in the Sun. The film — based on Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play about a poor African-American family living in 1950s — screened here at Sundance in advance of its Feb. 25th airing on ABC. The audience couldn’t have been more excited to see the cast (Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and Phylicia Rashad, all of whom were in the play’s 2004 Broadway revival) in the flesh. Camera flashes strobed nonstop as they entered before the movie started, and a standing ovation capped the closing credits. When post-show Q&A time came, viewers gushed over young star Justin Martin, who put the mic to his chest to show how fast his heart was beating. But the star everyone seemed particularly excited to see was Rashad. Every time the actress gave that mischievous you-better-not-be-messing-with-me look in Raisin, the crowd snickered with delight. And when the erstwhile Clair Huxtable took the stage to talk about what the remake meant to her, she received a standing-O of her own. Stay tuned for more from the cast, who I talked to this morning…

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