A Streetcar Named Desire, With Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker, Closes On Broadway July 22

By Adam Hetrick
22 Jul 2012

Nicole Ari Parker
Nicole Ari Parker
Photo by Ken Howard

The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Daphne Rubin-Vega in a multi-ethnic staging of the New Orleans-set drama, ends its Broadway run July 22 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Streetcar opened April 22 after previews that began April 3. Emily Mann (Anna in the Tropics, Miss Witherspoon) directs Tennessee Williams' tense, sexually charged classic. When it closes it will have played 105 performances and 23 previews.

A Streetcar Named Desire had previously extended through Aug. 19, but producers announced in June that the Broadway production would conclude on its original scheduled closing date of July 22 in anticipation of a fall London engagement. Details of the London run have not been announced.

The revival is produced by Stephen C. Byrd and Alia M. Jones of Front Row Productions, who were also behind the all-African-American revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 2008.



The revival earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design of a Play (Paul Tazewell).

The cast is led by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood ("Sex in the City," "In Treatment") as Stanley, Nicoel Ari Parker ("Soul Food," "Boogie Nights") as Blanche DuBois and two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Jack Goes Boating, Anna in the Tropics) as Stella. The creative team was granted permission from the Williams estate to drop the last name of Kowalski, so that Stanley's heritage is now African-American rather than Polish.

Also appearing are veteran dancer-choreographer Carmen de Lavallade (Come Sunday, House of Flowers, "Carmen Jones") as Stanley and Stella's Mexican neighbor, Wood Harris ("Above the Rim," "Remember the Titans") as Blanche's suitor Mitch, Tony nominee Amelia Campbell (Waiting in the Wings, Our Country's Good), Aaron Clifton Moten, Jacino Taras Riddick ("White Collar," "Army Wives"), Matthew Saldívar (The Wedding Singer, Grease) and Count Stovall (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy).

Blair Underwood and Daphne Rubin-Vega
photo by Ken Howard

The creative team includes scenic designer Eugene Lee, lighting designer Edward Pierce, costume designer Paul Tazewell and sound designer Mark Bennett. Streetcar has choreography by Camille Brown and an original score by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in December 1947, playing 855 performances before closing in December 1949. Directed by Elia Kazan, the original company boasted Jessica Tandy as Blanche, Marlon Brando as Stanley and Kim Hunter as Stella. The most recent Broadway revival — in 2005 at Studio 54 — starred John C. Reilly, the late Natasha Richardson and Amy Ryan. The Sydney Theatre Company staged a heralded, sold-out production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009, with Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as Blanche.

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