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‘Raisin’ to raise roof at ‘Blast’ bash

Oct. 25 event to fete Holder, De Lavallade, Wilk

A concert presentation of tuner “Raisin” is the highlight of AMAS Musical Theater’s second “Blast From the Past” benefit. The musical, based on Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” hasn’t had a major Gotham production since it preemed on Broadway in 1973.

The Oct. 25 event also honors Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade, plus Ernst & Young partner Michael Wilk, with the Rosie Award.

Event begins with a champagne reception at the John Houseman Theater, followed by the “Raisin” perf and awards ceremony, and then by dinner at West Bank Cafe.

“Raisin” will feature Norm Lewis, Tina Fabrique, Chuck Cooper and Tamara Tunie. Kevin Ramsey directs, with choreography by Maria Torres.

AMAS Musical Theater, founded by Rosetta LeNoire, is a 36-year-old multiethnic nonprofit performing arts organization, winner of the 1999 National Medal of Arts. Musicals developed and produced at Amas include “From My Hometown,” “Zanna, Don’t!” and “4 Guys Named Jose.”

In addition to developing and producing musicals, AMAS gives Gotham youth artistic opportunities through two arts education programs: the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theater Academy and the Immigration Experience.

For tickets or more information, call (212) 563-2565.

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