By Adam Hetrick
05 Aug 2011
Parker, best known for the Emmy-winning series "Soul Food" and for appearances in the films "Boogie Nights" and "Remember the Titans," will be the latest actress to tackle the role of Blanche in the Tennessee Williams drama. Black Star News first reported Parker's casting.
Emily Mann will direct the multi-racial revival, which is aiming for a 2012 Broadway return at a theatre to be announced. Stephen C. Byrd of Front Row Productions holds the rights to Streetcar and is producing the revival, which will have a score by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
Front Row Productions also presented the all-African-American revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 2008. The production later transferred to London.
Underwood is a Golden Globe Award nominee for "In Treatment" and "L.A. Law." He was most recently seen in the NBC series "The Event." He appeared in the City Center Encores! production of Purlie, as well as Measure for Measure for the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park.