Studio 54, (4/26/2005 - 7/03/2005)

First Preview: Mar 26, 2005
Opening Date: Apr 26, 2005
Closing Date: Jul 03, 2005
Total Previews: 33
Total Performances: 73

Category: Play, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Description: A drama in two acts
Setting: New Orleans, 1947

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Ellen Richard: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director of External Affairs; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Ellen Richard: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director of External Affairs; Gene Feist: Founding Director); Presented by arrangement with: University of the South

Written by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Edward Hall; Associate Director: Barbara Rubin

Scenic Design by Robert Brill; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Original Music and Sound Design: John Gromada; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Assistant Scenic Design: Dustin O'Neill and Jenny B. Sawyers; Associate Costume Design: Rachel Attridge; Associate Lighting Design: Hilary Manners; Assistant Sound Design: Christopher Cronin and Ryan Rumery

Roundabout General Manager: Sydney Beers; Company Manager: Nichole Larson

Production Stage Manager: Jane Grey; Roundabout Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers; Stage Manager: Philip Cusack

Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Casting: Jim Carnahan; Roundabout Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Roundabout Director of Marketing: David B. Steffen; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Advertising: The Eliran Murphy Group, Ltd.

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Opening Night Cast

John C. ReillyStanley Kowalski
Natasha RichardsonBlanche Du Bois
Chris BauerHarold Mitchell
"Mitch"
Amy RyanStella Kowalski
Starla BenfordStreet Person
John CarterDoctor
Street Person
Wanda HoustonNegro Woman
Alfredo NarcisoStreet Person
Kristine NielsenEunice Hubbell
Frank PandoPablo Gonzales
Street Person
Barbara SimsNurse
Scott SowersSteve Hubbell
Will ToaleYoung Collector
Street Person
Teresa YenqueMexican Woman
Street Person

Understudies: Starla Benford (Eunice Hubbell, Mexican Woman, Negro Woman, Nurse), Charles Borland (Harold Mitchell, Stanley Kowalski), Robert Emmet Lunney (Doctor, Steve Hubbell), Alfredo Narciso (Pablo Gonzales, Young Collector) and Angela Pierce (Blanche Du Bois, Stella Kowalski)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2005 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Amy Ryan

 2005 Best Costume Design of a Play [nominee] 

William Ivey Long

 2005 Best Lighting Design of a Play [nominee] 

Donald Holder

Drama Desk Award

 2005 Outstanding Set Design of a Play [nominee] 

Robert Brill

Reviews


AP: "Broadway 'Streetcar' Passionless"

The ceiling fans spin lazily in the cramped New Orleans apartment of Stanley and Stella Kowalski, the American theater's most celebrated blue-collar couple. Their languid movement is one of the speedier aspects of the Roundabout Theatre Company's slow, almost stately revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," which opened Tuesday at Studio 54.

This nearly three-hour production of Williams' classic 1947 drama, reverentially directed by Edward Hall, is a curiously passionless affair, missing much of the play's sensuality and even some of its poetry. Despite the marquee value of Natasha Richardson as Blanche DuBois, Williams' desperate Southern belle, and John C. Reilly as Stanley, her lower-class nemesis, the evening rarely catches fire, even when the two protagonists are battling each other on stage.

That battle includes plenty of brute force but not much sexual tension. Reilly's Stanley is a crude, rude fellow, but the actor's plain, beefy features make one wonder why Blanche is strangely attracted to her brother-in-law. There's not much mystique in Reilly's performance, although he certainly has the lung power to bellow Stanley's more belligerent outbursts.

What's missing is the magnetism that marked Marlon Brando’s legendary performance as Stanley, indelibly preserved in the 1951 movie version. Admittedly, Brando is a tough act to follow, but in steering Reilly so totally away from Stanley's sensuality, Hall has diminished the play's impact.

"Streetcar" celebrates the inevitable conflict between the ethereal and the everyday. Blanche, a high school English teacher, is a poetic woman, battered by life. She has lost the family's Mississippi plantation, destroyed her own marriage to a sensitive young man and, finally, found her way to Louisiana and what she hopes will be the security of her sister Stella's home.

Yet Richardson's Blanche is more flinty than fragile, displaying a steeliness not usually found in this vulnerable woman, whose mental state is rapidly unraveling. The actress excels at that disintegration. She captures Blanche's descent into madness with a dramatic intensity that matches the determination that can be found in the rest of her performance.

"Streetcar" is Williams' most lyrical play, filled with imagery almost musical in nature. Most of those verbal arias are given to Blanche, but Richardson recites them with a hard-edged practicality that robs the language of much of its richness.

The play's two main supporting players have been expertly cast. Amy Ryan brings a sweet-tempered generosity to the role of Stella, Blanche's put-upon sister torn between her sibling and her husband. And Chris Bauer exudes a genuine likability as Mitch, a mama's boy and Blanche's would-be suitor - until he learns about her past life in Mississippi.

The give-and-take between Blanche and Mitch on their initial date is the evening's most touching scene. It's gently humorous, a quality that both Richardson and Bauer disarmingly mine.

Hall spreads the production across the wide Studio 54 stage, and designer Robert Brill has created a particularly atmospheric environment of wrought-iron staircases for the play's florid French Quarter setting. It's too bad more of that floridness couldn't have found its way into Hall's unfortunately off-the-track "Streetcar."


AP
04/26/2005

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