Scarlett Johansson is due to return on the Broadway with a new project “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. According to Reuters, “The Avengers” star was honored to receive a part in Tennessee Williams’ play because the role of sex-starved Maggie the Cat was usually interpreted by Elizabeth Taylor.
It was about time for Scarlett Johansson to return on the Broadway stage, so producers assigned her a new role in Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. The actress will interpret Maggie the Cat, whereas Benjamin Walker was selected as her opposite partner in the project.
This is not the first time the actress makes part of a theatrical production. In 2010, she was a part of the cast who helped revive Arthur Miller’s “A View From A Bridge”. Her performance was critically acclaimed and the actress was awarded with a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress In a Play. She was even praised by New York Times’ most severe theatre critic, Ben Brantley, who wrote that Johansson managed to melt into her character so well that “her nimbus of celebrity disappears”.
The character of Maggie the Cat created by Tennessee Williams is even more appropriate for the actress. She will, thus, be able to evince lots of glamor-pussing and sizzle while performing on stage, just like she normally does in blockbuster movies. Her character, Maggie the Cat, is a desperate and unhappy woman who flaunts her sexuality in an attempt to attract her repressed homosexual husband back to the marriage bed.
The other actors who were selected to take part in the play are Ciarán Hinds as Big Daddy and Tony Award-winning actress Debra Monk as his long-suffering wife, Big Mama. Rob Ashford is the director of the Broadway production; he is expected to do a great job as he won several Tony Awards throughout his career.
Previews for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” produced by Stuart Thompson will start on December 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The big opening night was set for January 17.