The complexities of life in the Mississippi Delta steam up the Broadway scene as Scarlett Johansson takes on Tennessee Williams in 2013. This revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been extended three times and the show has not even opened yet.
Prolific Mississippi playwright Tennessee Williams set his famous work, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in the Mississippi Delta. The plot centers around the 65th birthday get together of "Big Daddy" Pollitt that brings out the dirty laundry in his sexually repressed Southern family. "Big Daddy" is a hard-working, successful cotton planter who worries for his son and his daughter-in-law's marriage and his personal legacy he will leave behind. An aging football star, "Brick" buries his frustrations in booze, which makes the tensions run high in his marriage to his passionate, firecracker wife, "Maggie."
Previews for this 2013 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof begin Tuesday, December 18, 2012, and the official Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2013. This production is a limited engagement run that has been extended three times and is currently set to close March 30, 2013. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof plays at the Richard Rodgers Theatre located at 226 West 46th Street.
Cinematic sex goddess Scarlett Johansson stars as the sultry "Maggie," the role so vibrantly played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 film opposite Paul Newman. Johansson made her Broadway debut in the 2010 revival of A View From the Bridge, winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress that year. Starring opposite her is heavyweight Irish performer Ciarán Hinds, who takes on the larger-than-life role of "Big Daddy." Hinds has been seen in hundreds of productions, films, and television shows including "Game of Thrones," "Political Animals," and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"Brick" is played by Benjamin Walker, who rocked audiences in the quirky musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Rounding out the headlining cast is Debra Monk as "Big Mama." A celebrated Broadway actress, Monk won the Best Featured Actress Tony for the 1993 Redwood Curtain and the 2007 Drama Desk Award for the zany musical Curtains, starring David Hyde Pearce.
The cast also includes Emily Bergl as "Mae," Michael Park as "Gooper," Vin Knight as "Reverend Tooker," and Brian Reddy as "Doctor Baugh," along with Will Cobbs, Tanya Birl, Jordan Dean, Lance Roberts, and Cherene Snow. Playing the children in this production are Laurel Griggs, Victoria Leigh, Charlotte Rose Masi, George Porteous, and Noah Unger.
This production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by Rob Ashford, who won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Choreographer for Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The Scenic Design is by Christopher Oram, who won the 2010 Tony for Best Scenic Design for Red and designed the current Broadway hit revival of Webber and Rice's Evita.
Costume Design is by Julie Weiss, a film costumer who designed the wardrobes for the Academy Award-winning film Frida, starring Salma Hayek, and for The Time Traveler's Wife. The Lighting Design is by Neil Austin who won a 2010 Tony Award for Red and lit the current revival of Evita. Original Music and Sound Design are by Adam Cork, who won a 2010 Tony in the relatively new category of Sound Design for Red.
The show will have a special schedule through the 2012 holidays to accommodate Christmas and New Year's. For more information on the performance schedule through Previews and the actual run, as well as to buy tickets, visit the show's website.