*With an unexpected free schedule following the cancellation of NBC’s “The Event,” Blair Underwood has turned his full attention toward theater.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor will make his Broadway debut as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, to be directed by Emily Mann.
The play, from Front Row Production, is scheduled to bow on Broadway in the spring 2012. The theater has yet to be announced.
Streetcar is set in New Orleans’ French Quarter, revolving around an ex-teacher and socialite Blanche DuBois, who moves in with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley (Underwood).
Streetcar was last on Broadway in 2005 with Natasha Richardson, Amy Ryan and John C. Reilly.
Underwood’s theater credits include the 2004 workshop of one-man show IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop, which he created and was written by his brother Frank. He has also starred in the New York revival of Purlie opposite Anika Noni Rose, Measure for Measure, El Negro en Peru, The Game of Love and Love Letters with Alfre Woodard.