Emily Bergl and Michael Park Will Join Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker in Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Adam Hetrick
Emily Bergl and Michael Park will portray intrusive kin Mae and Gooper in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Tony Award winner Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker, which will begin previews Dec. 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Tony Award winner Rob Ashford will direct the production that will officially open Jan. 17, 2013, for a 15-week engagement.
As previously reported, Johansson (A View from the Bridge, "Matchpoint," "The Avengers") will star as Maggie opposite Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Flags of Our Fathers," Les Liaisons Dangereuses) as Brick, with Irish actor Ciaran Hinds ("Game of Thrones," "Harry Potter") as Big Daddy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk (Curtains, Redwood Curtain) as Big Mama.
In addition to Bergl (Becky Shaw, "Desperate Housewives") and Park (Middletown, How to Succeed...), the cast will feature Vin Knight as Reverend Tooker, Brian Reddy as Doctor Baugh, as well as Will Cobbs, Tanya Birl, Jordan Dean, Lance Roberts and Cherene Snow.
The design team includes Christopher Oram (scenic design), Julie Weiss (costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design) and Adam Cork (composer and sound design).
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."
It is produced by Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, The Araca Group, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Scott Rudin.
Tickets are now on sale. Visit catonahottinroofbroadway.com.
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