New Streetcar Blanche Natasha Richardson Appears on CNBC's "Topic A," May 22
By Ernio Hernandez
Natasha Richardson — star of the Roundabout Theatre Company's current Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire — will appear on CNBC's "Topic A with Tina Brown," May 22 at 8 PM (ET). Check local listings.
Edward Hall (Rose Rage) directs Richardson, John C. Reilly (True West), Amy Ryan (Uncle Vanya) and Chris Bauer (The Night Heron, "The Wire") in the Tennesse Williams work which began previews March 26 and opened April 26 at Studio 54 for a limited engagement currently slated through July 3.
Richardson reteams with the Roundabout for her role in Streetcar, the company that provided her with her Tony Award-nominated role in the play Anna Christie (1993) and Tony Award-winning role in the musical Cabaret (1998). The actress has also been seen on Broadway in Closer and in such films as "Nell" (opposite husband Liam Neeson), "The Parent Trap" and "Maid in Manhattan.
Playwright Williams sets A Streetcar Named Desire in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The story follows the woes of faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her road to madness aided by her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Reilly will wail the classic Kowalski line "Stella!" to co-star Ryan, who will play the expecting sister to Richardson's DuBois. Bauer takes on the role of Stanley's friend and possible match for Blanche, Harold "Mitch" Mitchell.
The cast also features Wanda L. Houston (as Negro Woman), Kristine Nielsen (Eunice Hubbell), Scott Sowers (Steve Hubbell), Will Toale (Young Collector) and Teresa Yenque (Mexican Woman).
The design team for Streetcar features Robert Brill (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Donald Holder (lights) and John Gromada (sound) — who also provides original music.
A Streetcar Named Desire will perform at Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For more information, call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, or go online to www.roundabouttheatre.org.
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