A Streetcar Named Desire starring Blair Underwood as Stanley, Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella and Wood Harris as Mitch, began previews for its limited Broadway run at the Broadhurst Theatre on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and celebrates its opening tonight, Sunday April 22, 2012. The production will run through July 22, 2012.
Streetcar will also feature Carmen DeLavallade Amelia Campbell (Film: What Maisie Knew, Leaves of Grass. Broadway: Waiting in the Wings, Our Country's Good - Tony Nom Best Feature Actress), Aaron Clifton Moten (Regional: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Sweeney Todd), Jacino Taras Riddick (Regional: Yellowman, Jittney TV: "White Collar," "Army Wives"), Matthew Saldívar (The Wedding Singer, Grease), Count Stovall (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Inacent Black, A Philadelphia Story), Streetcar's creative team includes: Set Design by Eugene Lee, Lighting Design by Edward Pierce, Costumes by Paul Tazewell, Sound Design by Mark Bennett, and Choreography by Camille Brown.
Tennessee Williams' sultry drama, A Streetcar Named Desire is set against the sexy backdrop of New Orleans' gritty French Quarter. A Streetcar Named Desire 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 (Rubin-Vega) and her animalistic husband Stanley (Blair Underwood). But the fragile, Blanche quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1950's New Orleans. The legendary Terence Blanchard has signed on to provide an original soundscape for the production.
The production is being directed by Emily Mann and will feature original music by Terence Blanchard.
Streetcar was last seen on Broadway in 2005 starring Natasha Richardson, Amy Ryan and John C. Reilly. This multi-racial production of A Streetcar Named Desire, is a follow-up to their highly successful Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which starredTerrence 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 as Maggie and Adrian Lester as Brick) where it was honored with the "What's Onstage" and the prestigious "Olivier" awards for Best Revival