The London production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring movie heartthrob Brendan Fraser, will reach Broadway this spring, reported the New York Post. The Cort Theatre will be its home and Bill Kenwright will produce. Anthony Page directs, as he did in London.
Kenwright, however, in a statement, said, "It's really [in the] early days and we have confirmed neither date, cast, nor theatre although we hope to be playing a Shubert house." Fraser is only the latest American star to take the English stage in the past several years. He follows in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman, William H. Macy and Jessica Lange.
Ned Beatty will play Big Daddy, pending Equity approval, and Australian born Frances O'Connor will be Maggie, reported the Post. Again, this was not confirmed by Kenwright.
Fraser has found a niche in Hollywood playing the hunky heros of none-too intelligent films, including the hit "The Mummy" films and "George of the Jungle." He boast a wide and devoted following among female moviegoers.
Beatty is a respected character actor with three decades of film work behind him. He first made his name in 1972's "Deliverance," and then went on to star in "Network," "Superman," "The Big Easy," "Nashville," "All the President's Men" and "Hear My Song." Page hit big on Broadway a few seasons back with A Doll's House, starring Janet McTeer.