A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Takes Broadway Bows Today, 7/22
The acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Man, takes its final Broadway bows on its original closing date, today, July 22, 2012. The show is aiming to open on London's West End this fall.
Tennessee Williams' 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.
A Streetcar Named Desire stars two-time Golden Globe Nominee Blair Underwood playing the iconic role of Stanley, Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella and Wood Harris as Mitch, the cast also includes: Rosa Arredondo (George C Wolfe's Harlem Song, LTC's The House of Bernarda Alba) Amelia Campbell (Film: What Maisie Knew, Leaves of Grass. Broadway: Waiting in the Wings, Our Country's Good – Tony Nom Best Feature Actress), Carmen DeLavallade (Alvin Ailey, Bway's Truman Capote's House of Flowers, Off-Bway: Othello and Death of a Salesman), Danielle Lee Greaves (Rent, Hairspray), J. Mallory-McCree (Zooman and the Sign), Aaron Clifton Moten (Regional: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Sweeney Todd), Morocco Omari (Race, St. Louis Rep), 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. This unique and gripping multi-racial production of A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones, Anthony Lacavera, BET Networks, Henry G. Jarecki, Simon Says Entertainment and Dancap Productions.
This multi-racial production of A Streetcar Named Desire is a follow-up to the award winning producers Byrd and Jones' highly successful 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. Cat subsequently moved to London's West End (with Jones and Rashad joined by Sanaa Lathan as Maggie and Adrian Lester as Brick) where it received glowing notices and was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Revival (Byrd and Jones are the first producers of color to receive the coveted award) as well as the Whatsonstage.com Award.
A Streetcar Named Desire just received the Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2011-2012 Season from the Actors' Equity Association. The award honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre.
For more about the show, visit www.StreetcarOnBroadway.com.