BROADWAY SPRING PREVIEW: Matilda, Tom Hanks, Jekyll & Hyde, Nathan Lane, Cinderella and More

By Robert Simonson
28 Dec 2012

Holland Taylor in Ann.
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Maggie the Cat, the heroine of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, has her man, of course, but can't get much of a rise out of him. This is rather hard to fathom, given that Maggie is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in this Rob Ashford-directed mounting, opening Jan. 17 at the Richard Rodgers. Benjamin Walker plays Maggie's husband, Brick.

Also set in the South are Beth Henley's 30-year-old The Miss Firecracker Contest, which gets its Broadway debut at a theatre to be announced, with Amber Tamblyn as a pageant wannabe; Ann, a biographical drama about outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, by and starring Holland Taylor, at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater starting Feb. 18; and The Trip to Bountiful, Horton Foote's tale of a woman who takes an unexpected trip to her hometown, starring Cicely Tyson, plus Cuba Gooding, Jr., Condola Rashad and Vanessa Williams, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starting March 31.

Emilia Clarke has the difficult task of stepping into a role closely associated with Audrey Hepburn (and originally penned for the screen with Marilyn Monroe in mind): Holly Golightly in Richard Greenberg's new adaptation of Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sean Mathias directs the timeless 1940s tale of a New York good-time girl. Previews begin March 4 at the Cort Theatre.

Greenberg also has an original story up his sleeve this spring, and it, too, centers on women. The Assembled Parties takes place during a holiday dinner at the Manhattan home of the Bascov sisters, played by Judith Light and Jessica Hecht. One of the sisters is a former movie star, the other is not. Previews of the Manhattan Theatre Club premiere begin at the Samuel J. Friedman on March 19. Lynne Meadow directs.

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