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.