In the midst of this cold winter season starting to take shape, some warmth always finds its way to Broadway with a few new openings over the holiday season. While this season Broadway has overdosed on revival productions, this revival is totally different from all the others. A classic Pulitzer Prize winning drama returns to the stage today as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof begins on Broadway.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams is a play that tells the story of Mississippi’s richest cotton plater, Big Daddy Pollitt. He is about to celebrate his 65th birthday and he is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick. Brick is an aging football hero who has turned to drinking. He is also worried about the relationship with his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. Throughout the play, unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and suppressed sexuality reach a boiling point in a hot summer night that unfolds into one of the greatest dramas written for the stage.
This revival stars Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker. Johansson, who was last seen on Broadway in A View From The Bridge, will star as Maggie. Walker, whose claim to fame was through Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, will star as Brick. Ciaran Hinds, known for his work in Game Of Thrones and Harry Potter, will star as Big Daddy with Tony Award Winner Debra Monk as Big Mama. The rest of the cast includes The cast is completed by Emily Bergl and Michael Park as intrusive kin Mae and Gooper, Vin Knight as Reverend Tooker, Brian Reddy as Doctor Baugh, as well as Will Cobbs, Tanya Birl, Jordan Dean, Lance Roberts and Cherene Snow.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof will play at The Richard Rodgers Theatre for a 15 week limited engagement with performances starting January 15th, 2013. The production is directed by Broadway veteran and Tony Award Winner Rob Ashford. This production marks Ashford’s directorial debut of a non-musical production on Broadway. He is known for his work on such productions as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Evita, Promises, Promises and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The rest of the design team includes Christopher Oram as scenic designer, Julie Weiss as costume designer, Neil Austin as lighting designer and Adam Cork as composer and sound designer. The production is produced by Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, The Araca Group, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Tulchin/Bartner Productions and Scott Rudin.
This is the third revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof within this past decade. The last two revivals were in 2008, with an entirely black cast, and in 2003. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama Award in 1955 and is Williams personal favorite of his pieces.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof begins previews tonight at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway! Official performances begins January 15th, 2013. This production is running for a limited time only of 15 weeks! Do not miss it! For more information, check out Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!