Monday, December 3, 2012

'Cat' Comeback on Broadway: Scarlett Johansson's New Role

The cat may be on a hot tin roof, but Scarlett Johansson is in no hurry to get away. December 18th marks the first preview of Broadway play revival, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by American writer, Tennessee Williams. Yes, it is the same title that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The opening date starts early next year on January 17th running to March 30th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Whether you are a front row religious play-watching regular or occasionally enjoy a play here and there, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is a can’t miss of the season. With several remakes as plays and films in the past, news debuted about the upcoming show’s cast released back in September. Johansson will take on the lead role of the beautiful and gutsy Maggie "the Cat”, married in a dysfunctional relationship with husband Brick, played by Benjamin Walker. The 28-year old bombshell celebrated her birthday just two weeks ago, while everyone had Thanksgiving in mind. This will be her first Broadway comeback since “A View From the Bridge” two years ago, a prize winning performance with Tony award to match. Previous actresses who charmed the role of Maggie “the Cat” in the first play and film, respectively, were Barbara Bel Geddes and Elizabeth Taylor. 

The plot allows no time for a catnap as thrill, heartbreak, and drama will leave your whiskers twisted. The story unfolds with a wealthy southern family, and male head Big Daddy Pollitt, played by Ciaran Hinds. As he celebrates his 65th birthday, conflicts stir upon his cancer diagnosis and the decision whether to pass down his Mississippi plantation to one of his sons. Issues within the family inheritance and tensions between lonely and seducing, Maggie and alcohol addict, Brick arise. Scenes are expected to be hot and heavy. The classic story’s revival will be revamped with direction under lead producer, Stuart Thompson and director choreographer, Rob Ashford. Makes me think - what will Maggie wear? The mix of her sophisticated yet feisty personality calls for...leather and lace? Studs and florals? Guess the mystery leave us staying tuned for more.

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