Tuesday, 9 August 2011

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Underwood, Parker to star in Broadway revival of "Streetcar"

Having just completed my umpteenth re-reading of the play, it's great to hear that A Streetcar Named Desire is back in the news. Per Broadway World, it's now confirmed that the role of Blanche DuBois in the upcoming Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' classic play will be played by seven-time NAACP Image award nominee, Nicole Ari Parker. Blair Underwood (above) will star opposite Parker as the brutish Stanley Kowalski. This production is slated to hit the boards in the spring of 2012 at a theatre to be announced.

Williams' sultry drama, a staple on literature syllabi, is set against the sexy backdrop of New Orleans' gritty French Quarter and charts the story of faded southern belle and socialite Blanche DuBois (Nicole Ari Parker), who is forced to move in with her sister Stella and her animalistic husband, Stanley. But the fragile, Blanche quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1940's New Orleans. The legendary Terence Blanchard has signed on to provide an original soundscape for this new multi-racial incarnation of the play from Front Row Productions and directed by Emily Mann.

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