SimonSays Entertainment Joins the Producing Team of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

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SimonSays Entertainment, a company which develops diverse projects for film, television, and live theatre, announced today that it has joined the producing team of the upcoming Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which opens April 22, 2012 at the historic Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th Street, New York.

Leading the multi-racial revival cast is 2-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, in his Broadway debut as Stanley, Nicole Ari Parker ("Soul Food") as Blanche DuBois, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) as Stella and Wood Harris ("The Wire") as Mitch. Directed by Emily Mann (Artistic Director of Princeton's esteemed McCarter Theatre) and featuring an original score by 5-time Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard, this scintillating Streetcar brings a whole new rhythm to Williams's enduring portrait of sex, class and secrets in one of America's most fascinating and diverse cities.

SimonSays Entertainment joins Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones of Front Row Productions, Inc. in bringing this production to Broadway once again. This production of A Streetcar Named Desire is a follow-up to Front Row productions’ 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. The production subsequently moved to London’s West End (with Jones and Rashad joined by Sanaa Lathan as Maggie and Adrian Lester as Brick) where it was honored with the “What’s Onstage” and the prestigious “Olivier” awards for Best Revival.

This is the second Broadway production for SimonSays Entertainment - the first being Porgy and Bess currently playing on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. SimonSays Entertainment has also produced two Sundance Grand Jury feature films – Night Catches Us starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, and Gun Hill Road starring Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and newcomer Harmony Santana.

About SimonSays Entertainment

Founded in 2009 with the mission to “Tell Every Story”, SimonSays Entertainment develops diverse projects for film, television, and live theatre. SimonSays was founded by Ron Simons, a working actor and producer, whose multi-faceted background includes business and the arts. The company develops projects that represent indigenous and underrepresented cultures from all reaches of the globe. SimonSays Entertainment seeks to work with writers, directors, and storytellers who bring their lives and communities to light.

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