Rap mogul SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS was dumbfounded backstage at his Broadway,
New York show A Raisin in the Sun on Wednesday (30JUN04) when soul legend
Aretha Franklin personally praised his performance.
The hip-hop star - who has attracted widespread acclaim for his stage
debut and has helped break the ROYALE THEATRE's ticket sales records - was
delighted when the I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER singer made the special trip to meet
him just to shower
him with compliments.
Big screen stars Samuel L Jackson, Lauren Bacall and Claire Danes also
attended the Wednesday night performance to check out Combs' acting ability.
Last month (JUN04) Combs was forced to take a break from the show - which
ends its Broadway run on 11 July (04) - after falling ill with stomach flu.
The rapper portrays frustrated limousine driver WALTER LEE YOUNG in the
revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play about a working-class family in