Terence Blanchard to Score Broadway's Streetcar Named Desire Revival

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Grammy Award-winning Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard will score the multi-racial Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which is aiming for a spring 2012 arrival.

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As previously reported, Stephen C. Byrd of Front Row Productions holds the rights to Streetcar and will produce the forthcoming Broadway revival, which will star Blair Underwood as Stanley Kowalski. Emily Mann will direct.

Blanchard's musical work is currently represented in the Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherf**ker With the Hat. He also lent his voice to the Disney animated musical "The Princess and the Frog" and scored the Spike Lee films "Miracle at St. Anna" and "25th Hour," for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. He is also at work on a commission for Opera St. Louis and serves as the artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Complete casting, dates of production and a theatre have not been set for Streetcar.

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.

Byrd's intentions for the Broadway revival of Streetcar were made known in 2008 and solidified in early 2010 following the heralded Sydney Theatre Company revival of the play, which starred Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett under the direction of Liv Ullman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Byrd initially expressed interest in a Broadway transfer of the Australian production, but noted that Blanchett and director Ullman did not seem to make a Broadway transfer of Streetcar a priority.

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.

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