Natasha Richardson Set to Ride Streetcar to Broadway's Studio 54 in March 2005

News   Natasha Richardson Set to Ride Streetcar to Broadway's Studio 54 in March 2005 The Roundabout Theatre Company has confirmed that Natasha Richardson will star in a Broadway staging of Tennessee Williams? A Streetcar Named Desire set for Studio 54 in March of 2005.

Natasha Richardson, with husband Liam Neeson
Natasha Richardson, with husband Liam Neeson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

No other cast or creative team has been announced for the limited engagement which will mark the first non-musical staging at the Roundabout venue since its purchase. Pacific Overtures is set to follow the current run of Assassins which took over the space from Cabaret.

Williams sets A Streetcar Named Desire in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The story follows the woes of faded Southern belle Blanche Du Bois and her road to madness aided by her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

The role in Streetcar reteams Richardson with the Roundabout which provided her with her Tony Award-nominated role in the play Anna Christie (1993) and Tony Award-winning role in the musical Cabaret (1998).

Williams' works has seen a resurgence as his Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played Broadway this season and the Kennedy Center presents a summer celebration of his works Washington, D.C. among others. Roundabout has staged his The Night of the Iguana (1995-1996), Summer and Smoke (1995-1996 and 1975-1976) and The Glass Menagerie (1994-1995).

Streetcar originally opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre Dec. 3, 1947 starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy under the direction of Elia Kazan. The play won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Roundabout staging will mark the fifth revival on Broadway (at least once a decade since the 1970s.) Current Twentieth Century star Alec Baldwin played opposite Jessica Lange in the most recent in 1992.

Tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire will be available in early 2005 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 box office at 254 West 54th Street.