By Adam Hetrick
01 Oct 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Tony Award winner Rob Ashford will direct the revival produced by Tony Award winner Stuart Thompson. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof begins previews Dec. 18 and will officially open Jan. 17, 2013. The limited engagement will run through March 31, 2013.
Tony Award winner Johansson (A View From the Bridge, "Matchpoint") will star as Maggie opposite Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, "Flags of Our Fathers," Les Liaisons Dangereuses) as Brick. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will also feature Irish actor Ciaran Hinds ("Game of Thrones," "Harry Potter") as Big Daddy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk (Curtains, Redwood Curtain) as Big Mama.
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof will mark Ashford's directorial debut of a non-musical production on Broadway. He is known for his work on How to Succeed in Business; Promises, Promises; as well as Evita; Curtains; and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ashford previously staged A Streetcar Named Desire and Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse.
According to producers, "Big Daddy Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. He is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has turned to drink, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern gentility slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and suppressed sexuality reach a boiling point."