A Streetcar Named Desire extends run by 4 weeks

The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Street Car Named Desire, directed by Emily Mann, and starring Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood, extends its run by four weeks and will now play through to 19 Aug 2012.

A Street Car Named Desire opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on 22 Apr 2012, following previews from 3 Apr 2012, and was originally scheduled to close on 22 Jul 2012.

The play opened to mixed reviews: Torpid revival (NY Times); Adequate but unremarkable (NY Daily News); Embarrassing and sad (Back Stage); Engrossing production (Hollywood Reporter).

The cast also features Daphne Rubin-Vega (Stella), Wood Harris (Mitch), Carmen DeLavallade, Amelia Campbell, Aaron Clifton Moten, Jacino Taras Riddick and Count Stovall.

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.

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.

Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Daphne Rubin-Vega More production photographs

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