Blanchett Streetcar Will Not Stop on Broadway; Multi-Racial Revival Aiming for 2011

News   Blanchett Streetcar Will Not Stop on Broadway; Multi-Racial Revival Aiming for 2011
 
The acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, will not transfer to Broadway, according to the New York Times.
A Streetcar Named Desire star Cate Blanchett
A Streetcar Named Desire star Cate Blanchett Photo by Lisa Tomasetti

Producer Stephen C. Byrd, who holds the rights to the property and also produced the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring James Earl Jones, has opted to present a multi-racial production of the drama in spring 2011. Byrd had previously discussed his concept for the Streetcar revival in an interview with the Times during the 2008 run of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which later transferred to the West End.

According to a representative for the producer, Byrd is now in talks with prospective directors and cast members for Streetcar. Byrd, who initially expressed interest in a Broadway transfer of the Australian production, also noted that Blanchett and director Liv Ullman did not seem to make a Broadway transfer of Streetcar a priority.

The Sydney Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire sold out its entire U.S. engagement at the Kennedy Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music prior to the start of performances. Critical response was enthusiastic. Blanchett had stated that she would only consider a Broadway transfer if the entire STC cast remained intact.

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