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A Streetcar Named Desire’ Opens On Broadway

Originally Posted: April 24, 2012

Rosa Evangelina Arredondo and Jacinto Taras Riddick on stage in "Streetcar Named Desire." (Rob Rich)

Blair Underwood. (Rob Rich)

New York City - Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway on April 22, at The Broadhurst Theatre. Making his Broadway debut as Stanley is two time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood. Also starring in the play are Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche DuBois, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella, and Wood Harris as Mitch.

The play first opened on Broadway in 1947, directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. 'Streetcar' tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fading southern school teacher who comes to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley. This scintillating revival of 'Streetcar' brings a whole new rhythm to Williams's enduring portrait of sex, class and secrets in one of America's most fascinating and diverse cities; New Orleans.

The current production is directed by Emily Mann and features an original score by five-time Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard. 'Streetcar' is produced by the trailblazing team that created the 2008 Broadway production of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," starring James Earl Jones and Terrence Howard. Stephen C. Byrd and Alia M. Jones have assembled a group of top producers, including Anthony Lacavera, Henry G. Jarecki, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Ellen Krass, Daryl Roth and BET Networks.

Beau Bridges, Alia Jones and Stephen Byrd. (Rob Rich)

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