Sunday, April 12, 2020

Today In Theatre History

After moving to New York City in 1992, one of my first Broadway productions was Death In The Maiden, starring Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss, and Gene Hackman. What a cast right? In the next few months, I saw several amazing shows, including The Secret Garden, Grand Hotel, Crazy For You, Five Guys Named Moe, City of Angels, Lost In Yonkers, and my personal favorite, Miss Saigon. However, there is one that sticks out above all of them.

Which brings me to today's blog. On April 12, 1992, the Broadway revival of Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher, and starring Academy and Tony Award winner Jessica Lange as Blanche, and Tony and Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin as Stanley, ran thru August 9, 1992.

Over the years, I saw Alec Baldwin in many shows such as Twentieth Century, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. Sadly it would be twenty-four years until I saw Jessica Lange on stage again. Thankfully, it was worth the wait, because I got to see her in her Tony Award winning performance as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Now since that magical night in 1992, I have seen two other productions of this classic American drama.

The 2005 production starring the late Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly, and the 2012 production starring Nicole Ari Parker, and Blair Underwood. Both great versions, but both very different. Now even though the theatre world is shutdown at the moment, I look forward to the day that another all-star revival graces the stage once again. Stay safe everyone, and as always, don't forget to look out for each other. Until next time theatre fans.

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