The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Tony Award winner Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker as a couple grappling with ghosts of the past and an uncertain future, ends its run March 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finding Neverland) helmed the production, set within a sweltering upstairs bedroom of a sweeping Mississipi plantation, which began previews Dec. 18, 2012, and officially opened Jan. 17.
It ends its 15-week engagement, as scheduled, having played 34 previews and 84 regular performances. Representatives for the production did not respond to questions regarding whether the production had recouped its investment. Critics offered a mixed response to the revival.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played to 61.7 percent capacity for the week ending March 24, grossing $647,429.
Scarlett (dressed head to toe by Dolce & Gabbana) and her co-stars attended the ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ opening night after party on January 17th at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Lots of celebrities attended the play, and though it got mixed reviews, all of them praised Scarlett’s performance, so well donde girl! Check out pics of the party in our gallery:
– Public Events 2013 > ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Opening Night After Party
When attending the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof photocall in November 2012, Scarlett also had her portraits shot. These were relased this week. I added them to the gallery.
– Theater > ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof’ > “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” 2012 Portraits
Scarlett is featured in an article in the January 2013 version of Vogue. It contains a small article about her performance in ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof’. I added two scans to the gallery.
– Scans from 2013 > Vogue magazine (January 2013)
Scarlett Johansson takes the stage for her performance in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof held at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday (December 20) in New York City.
The 28-year-old actress plays the role of Maggie the Cat in the Tennessee Williams classic and was joined on stage by her co-stars Benjamin Walker, Debra Monk, and Ciaran Hinds. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof officially opens on Thursday (January 17)
– ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof‘ > December 20th: NYC performance at Richard Rodgers Theater
The Scarlett Johansson-toplined revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” has gone from possibility to certainty, with a production also starring Ciaran Hinds, Benjamin Walker and Debra Monk gearing up for a run that begins in December.
Set to direct is American helmer Rob Ashford (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), best known for staging musicals in the States but also the director of well-received play revivals in London.
Johansson, whose last gig on Broadway scored her a Tony for her turn in the 2010 revival of “A View From the Bridge,” will play Maggie the Cat. Hinds, last on the Rialto in 2007 play “The Seafarer,” is onboard as Big Daddy and Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) — returning to Broadway after his breakout 2010 perf in musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — is set to play Maggie’s husband Brick. Monk takes on the role of Big Mama.
Ashford is no stranger to starry play revivals, having won raves in Blighty at the helm of the 2011 Jude Law starrer “Anna Christie” and the Rachel Weisz-toplined 2009 staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” both produced by London’s Donmar Warehouse.
Stuart Thompson, one of the producers of “View From the Bridge,” produces “Cat.”
Production of the 1955 Tennessee Williams play is the third to land on Broadway in the last decade, with a 2003 revival starring Ashley Judd followed in 2008 by an all-black production with a cast that included James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad.
Newest version of “Cat” begins previews Dec. 18 ahead of a Jan. 17 opening at the Richard Rodgers Theater.