Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs made his Broadway debut last night (April 26) to respectful, if not rave, reviews. Diddy stars in the role of Walter Lee in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Rai

Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs made his Broadway debut last night (April 26) to respectful, if not rave, reviews. Diddy stars in the role of Walter Lee in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," which opened yesterday at the Royale Theatre in New York.

New York's tabloid newspapers, The New York Post and New York Daily News, were kind to Combs, saying he exceeded expectations in the role of a young black man trying to salvage his dreams and dignity. The part was originated on Broadway and in film by Sidney Poitier.

Critics for The New York Times and Associated Press deferred praise to Combs' co-stars Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad, both of whom were credited with strong performances as Lee's wife and mother, respectively. The Times' review said Combs' confidence initially made it seem like he could pull off his role, but he didn't reach its full potential.

"Clearly, Mr. Combs has left lots of space for Walter to grow," it said. "Unfortunately, that space is never filled."

Combs' only previous acting experience comprised minor roles in the films "Monster's Ball" and "Made."