Revival fills 'Rebecca' gap
The multiracial revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” will arrive on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater, the venue recently left open by the last-minute cancellation of new tuner “Rebecca.”
“Streetcar,” toplined by Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker, has been circling the Rialto for months and had announced a spring opening prior to nailing down a theater. Despite the deluge of producers clamoring for the Broadhurst — one of the prime houses owned by Shubert Organization — the ready-to-mobilize “Streetcar” was moved to the front of the line.
Exact dates have not yet been announced, although it seems likely the show will open sometime around April 22, the opening date that had been locked in by “Rebecca.” Cutoff for Tony eligibility is April 26.
Parker (“Soul Food”) will play Blanche DuBois opposite Underwood as Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play, with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris also on board. Emily Mann, a.d. of the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., helms.
Lead producer of “Streetcar,” Stephen Byrd, also was behind the all-black revival of Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which proved a box office success on the Rialto in 2008 and went on to a run on the West End. Byrd produces “Streetcar” with Alia M. Jones of Front Row Prods.