Benjamin Walker, Debra Monk and Ciaran Hinds Will Join Scarlett Johansson in Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Adam Hetrick
After much casting speculation, producers of the upcoming Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof have announced that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson leading man Benjamin Walker will star as Brick opposite Tony Award winner Scarlett Johansson as Maggie in the Tennessee Williams drama that will begin previews Dec. 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
As previously reported by Playbill.com, Tony Award winner Rob Ashford will direct the revival produced by Tony Award winner Stuart Thompson. It will officially open Jan. 17, 2013.
Recent reports indicated that several actors had been contending for the role of Brick, including Jeremy Renner and Chris Pine. Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Flags of Our Fathers," Les Liaisons Dangereuses) has nabbed the choice role.
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.
Thompson also produced the revival of A View From the Bridge, which featured Johansson in a Tony-winning performance as Catherine.
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."
An Audience Rewards tickets presale will be offered Oct. 1-5. An on-sale date for the general public has not been announced.
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