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'Streetcar Named Desire' Revival Extension Is No More; Run Will End In July

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 13, 2012 8:54 PM
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It was just about weeks ago when it was announced that the acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (with Blair Underwood as “Stanley,” Nicole Ari Parker as “Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella, and Wood Harris as “Mitch”) would extend its run through August 19, 2012.

Not anymore. It was announced earlier today that the show will no end its run on July 22 instead.

Reasons given were to prep for the show's fall engagement in London.

The play has received mostly positive reviews, with the New Yorker's veteran theatre critic John Lahr's biting review (summoning  the words of the late August Wilson) being in the minority.

The production is a follow-up to award winning producers, Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones’ highly successful Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which starred Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones, and was directed by Debbie Allen.

Cat subsequently moved to London’s West End as well (with Jones and Rashad joined by Sanaa Lathan as Maggie, and Adrian Lester as Brick) where it was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Revival (Byrd and Jones are the first producers of color to receive the coveted award).

I hope to interview Stephen Byrd before the show ends its run.

And if you haven't seen the show, well, you now have just over a month to do so.

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  • Penelope | June 13, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    Sad but true all of these actors are past their prime..and with no TONY traction..I'm not shocked

  • Branden | June 14, 2012 8:22 PM

    It wasn't about Tony traction. This show has been only covering weekly operating costs for months. It wasn't making money. They thought that it would be a hit like the all black Cat on a Hot Tin Roof but it wasn't.

  • Skelly | June 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    I bet they would have continued to August with some white actors "past their prime." SMDH

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