Monday, December 3, 2012

Today is...the Anniversary of the opening of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway

On December 3, 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway with Jessica Tandy as Blanche Du Bois and newcomer Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski.

A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams in 1947.

Tennessee Williams received in Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter in 1980.

A Streetcar Named Desire premiered at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is named after Ethel Barrymore, the sister of John Barrymore and great-aunt of Drew Barrymore.

The 1951 film adaptation of the film starred all the original lead actors except for Jessica Tandy, who was replaced by Vivien Leigh.

Marlon Brando was credited under Leigh in the film credits and in previews as he was not considered a star at the time.

Streetcar Named Desire earned Brando his first Best Actor Oscar nomination; it was followed by Best Actor Oscar nominations for Viva Zapata!, Julius Caesar, and On the Waterfront.

Brando starred as Sky Masterson in the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls, with Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit. Sinatra was against the casting of Brando as Masterson as he wanted that role for himself.

Gene Kelly was wanted for the role of Sky Masterson, and was interested in the role, but MGM refused to loan him to Goldwyn.

Who is your favorite Broadway character?

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