Diddy's Broadway Debut A Financial Success

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Broadway performance

in the play "Raisin in the Sun" has garnered praises from critics &

has become a financial success. Advanced ticket sales for the play have already

exceeded $2.5 million dollars. Combs stars opposite Sanaa Lathan, Phylicia Rashad

& Audra McDonald and plays the role of "Walter Lee Younger," a

role that Sidney Poitier played in the original 1950's version of the play."Doing this play has been a life changing and humbling experience," Combs told AllHipHop.com. "It has also been the hardest thing I've ever done, but with everyone's support I've been able to meet the challenge and I am grateful to everyone for that."The play has earned four Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding

Revival of a Play, four Outer Critics Circle Award nominations including Outstanding

Revival of a Play and a 2004 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished

Revival of a Play.Hip-Hop is becoming more common place on Broadway,

as Mos Def starred in 2001's "Topdog/Underdog" opposite Jeffery Wright

and Russell Simmons brought his successful HBO show "Def Poetry Jam"

to the world renowned New York street.Ticket info & photos are available at http://www.raisinonbroadway.com.

The play runs until July 11.In related news, sources stated that Combs sold

his Park Avenue townhouse for a whopping $17 million dollars in February. Combs is said to have been interested in a $20

million dollar Manhattan penthouse, but backed out after his jeweler, Jacob

"Jacob the Jeweler" Arabo decided it wasn't a good look for the mogul.