Blair Underwood’s newest adventure is Broadway.
The 46-year-old actor is leaving the TV screen to make his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire.
The play is perfect timing for Blair since the cancellation if NBC’s “The Event.” He will star as Stanley Kowalski, a role previously played by John C. Reilly in 2005.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the play is about Blanche Dubois, an ex-teacher and socialite who moves in with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley.
The play is set in New Orleans’ French Quarter and Stephen C. Byrd, the theater producer, said this will be a new multiracial production. “We want to capture the real, multiracial flavor of New Orleans as it was then and as it is now,” Stephen told the New York Times.
Blair’s body of work shows an equal love for the big screen and stage. His movie credits include Madea’s Family Reunion and Something New, while his theatre credits include Purlie, Measure for Measure, and Love Letters.
He has also received Golden Globe nominations for his work on HBO’s original series “In Treatment” and NBC’s “L.A. Law.”
Streetcar, which was also a 1951 movie, will be directed by Emily Mann and is set to premiere in Spring 2012.
— Myeisha Essex