Tora Zival, and Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent death, just made me think about what it would be like to see Avery Brooks on stage. I think he would be great as Willy in 'Death of a Salesman'. He would also make a really interesting Stanley in 'Streetcar'.
EDIT: Apparently he did play Willy Loman back in '08....to youtube! Here's a link to the trailer
for the production at Oberlin College, if anyone's interested.