The previously announced Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Wood Harris and Daphne Rubin-Vega, will begin previews April 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Directed by Emily Mann, the production is set to officially open on April 22.
Streetcar tells the tragic story of fragile former schoolteacher Blanche (Parker), who leaves the family plantation house and moves to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella (Rubin-Vega), and Stella’s animalistic husband, Stanley (Underwood). She quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1940s life in the French Quarter.
A Streetcar Named Desire is being produced on Broadway by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones of Front Row Productions, which presented the hit 2008 Broadway revival of Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featuring an African-American cast led by James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and Terrence Howard.