A Sreetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre
The New York Times reports that Front Row Production's upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Street Car Named Desire, will open at the Broadhurst Theatre in the Spring of 2012. There has been no official confirmation.
The show is filling the vacancy that opened at the Broadhurst Theatre with the news announced on 24 Jan 2012 that the Broadway premiere of the musical Rebecca, which was due to start previews at the Broadhurst Theatre on 27 Mar 2012, has been cancelled.
As previously announced, A Street Car Named Desire will be directed by Emily Mann, and star Nicole Ari Parker as 'Blanche DuBois' and Blair Underwood as 'Stanley,' Wood Harris as 'Mitch' and Daphne Rubin-Vega as 'Stella,' with further casting still to be announced. Parker, Underwood and Harris are all making their Broadway debut.
Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning drama, A Street Car Named Desire is set against the backdrop of New Orleans' gritty French Quarter, and tells the tale of former school teacher and socialite Blanche DuBois (Nicole Ari Parker), as she's forced to move in with her sister Stella and her animalistic husband Stanley (Blair Underwood). But the fragile, Blanche quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1940's New Orleans.
Grammy winning musician and composer Terence Blanchard will provide an original soundscape for the production. Further production details to be announced.
Front Row Production's multi-racial production of A Street Car Named Desire, is a follow-up to their Broadway production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' which starred Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones, and was directed by Debbie Allen. The production subsequently moved to London's West End (with Jones and Rashad joined by Sanaa Lathan and Adrian Lester) where it received the "Olivier" award for Best Revival.
A Street Car Named Desire was first performed on Broadway in 1949, directed by Elia Kazan it starred Marlon Brando as 'Stanley Kowalski,' Jessica Tandy (Tony nomination) as 'Blanche Du Bois' and Kim Hunter as 'Stella Kowalski.'
The drama has been revived on Broadway seven times, the last was in 2005 starring Natasha Richardson as 'Blanche Du Bois', Amy Ryan (Tony nomination) as 'Stella Kowalski' and John C. Reilly as 'Stanley Kowalski,' with direction by Edward Hall.
Nicole Ari ParkerBlair UnderwoodDaphne Rubin-VegaWood Harris
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