Tony Award-winner Scarlett Johansson returns to Broadway to star as Maggie, with Ciarán Hinds as Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker as Brick and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Debra Monk as Big Mama in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning classic CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF will begin preview performances Tuesday, December 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Opening night is Thursday, January 17.
In CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, “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.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is produced by Stuart Thompson.
Additional casting and the design team will be announced soon.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON (Maggie). Four-time Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner, Scarlett Johansson has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. She also won a Tony for her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play A View from a Bridge opposite Liev Schreiber. Johansson was recently seen in the worldwide box office hit The Avengers. She has also recently wrapped production on the independent film Under The Skin for director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) playing the lead role and plays Janet Leigh in the upcoming film Hitchcock. Johansson received rave reviews and a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. At the age of 12, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace Maclean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson was also featured in the Coen Brothers’ dark drama The Man Who Wasn’t There, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand. Her other film credits include We Bought A Zoo for Cameron Crowe, the box office hit Iron Man 2, the Weitz brothers’ film In Good Company, as well as opposite John Travolta in A Love Song for Bobby Long, which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination (her third in two years) and Woody Allen’s Match Point, which garnered her 4th consecutive Golden Globe nominee in three years. Other film credits include He’s Just Not That Into You, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Spirit, Girl with a Pearl Earring opposite Colin Firth, The Island opposite Ewan McGregor, Brian DePalma’s The Black Dahlia, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and The Nanny Diaries. Her additional credits include Rob Reiner’s comedy North; the thriller Just Cause, with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne; and a breakthrough role at the age of 10 in the critically-praised Manny & Lo, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry, with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons. Johansson currently divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
CIARÁN HINDS (Big Daddy). Broadway theatre credits include Patrick Marber’s Closer and Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. Other theatre credits include Juno & the Paycock, Burnt by the Sun, The Yalta Game, Closer (Royal National Theatre), Simpatico, Machinale, Sam Mendes’ Assassins at The Donmar, Richard III and Troilus & Cressida, directed by Sam Mendes, Edward II and Two Shakespearean Actors. For the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre, he appeared in The Orphan, The Seagull, Way of the World, White Devil, Richard III, Lady from the Sea, The Plough & the Stars, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, June & the Paycock, Webster, Don Juan and The Battlefield. Film credits include The Woman in Black, The Rite, Salvation Boulevard, John Carter of Mars, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, Life During Wartime, The Eclipse, Race to Witch Mountain, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, There Will be Blood, Stop Loss, Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Miami Vice, Calendar Girls, Veronica Guerin, Road to Perdition, Sum of All Fears, Weight of Water, The Lost Lover, A Time to Love, The Lost Son, Titanic Town, Oscar and Lucinda and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. TV credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Political Animals,” Linda La Plante’s “Above Suspicion,” “Rome,” “Broken Morning,” “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” “Thursday 12th,” “The Sleeper,” “Jayne Eyre,” “Ivanhoe,” “Tales from the Crypt,” “The Affair,” “Cold Lazarus,” ” Persuasion,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Soldier Soldier,” “Prime Suspect,” “Circle of Friends” and “December Bride”.
Ciarán Hinds is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.
BENJAMIN WALKER (Brick) graduated from the Julliard Actor Training Program in 2004. Afterward, he appeared in the Clint Eastwood directed Flags of Our Fathers for DreamWorks SKG and Bill Condon directed Kinsey for Fox Searchlight. In 2007, Benjamin performed in the Broadway revival of Inherit The Wind, starring Christopher Plummer, Brian Dennehy, and Denis O’Hare, under the direction of Doug Hughes. In 2008, he performed in Roundabout Theatre’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses opposite Laura Linney, which was nominated for six Tony awards. Benjamin played the title role in the Alex Timbers’ musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, in the show’s world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson re-opened in New York to rave reviews and Benjamin returned in the starring role of Andrew Jackson. Benjamin most recently starred in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox and producer Tim Burton, in which he played Lincoln, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith of the same name. He will next be seen in HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who wrote the legal briefs resulting in the guarantee of Ali’s status as a conscientious objector.
DEBRA MONK (Big Mama) has starred on Broadway in Curtains (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination); Chicago; Reckless; Thou Shalt Not; Ah, Wilderness!; Steel Pier (Tony nomination); Company; Picnic (Tony nomination); Redwood Curtain (Tony Award); Nick and Nora; Pump Boys and Dinettes (Co-Author, Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Show People; The Seagull; The Time of the Cuckoo (Obie Award); Death-Defying Acts; Three Hotels; Assassins; Oil City Symphony (Co-author, Drama Desk Award). Her many film appearances include: One For the Money, Ass Backwards, The Brass Teapot, The Other Woman; The Great Buck Howard; The Savages; The Producers; Center Stage; Devil’s Advocate; In & Out; Extreme Measures; The Bridges of Madison County; Jeffrey; Fearless; Reckless; Mrs. Winterbourne and Bed of Roses. Guest appearances on television include: “Guide to Life: A Good Luck Charlie Movie.” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Closer,” “Notes from the Underbelly,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Law and Order,” and “Frasier.” She starred in the TV movies “The Music Man,” “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime,” “Ellen Foster,” and “Redwood Curtain (reviving her Tony-winning performance).” She was a member of the repertory cast of “A Nero Wolfe Mystery,” has appeared as George’s mother on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Ellen’s mother on “Damages,” Will Schuester’s mother on “Glee,” and as Elizabeth Burke’s mother on “White Collar.” She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Katie Sipowicz on “NYPD Blue.”
ROB ASHFORD (Director) is an American director and choreographer who works extensively on Broadway and in London’s West End. As an Associate Director for London’s Donmar Warehouse, Rob’s productions include Anna Christie starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson (Olivier Award for Best Revival), A Streetcar Named Desire starring Rachel Weisz (Olivier nomination) and Parade (Olivier nominations for Direction and Choreography). In New York he is currently represented by Evita for which he provided the choreography (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire nominations). He directed and choreographed How To Succeed in Business starring Daniel Radcliffe (Tony nominations for Direction and Choreography) and Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenowith (Tony nomination for Choreography). He choreographed Cry Baby (Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Awards, Tony nomination), Curtains (Tony nomination), Wedding Singer (Tony nomination), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Choreography). Other London credits include Shrek (Co Director), Evita (Olivier nomination), Guys And Dolls (Olivier nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Olivier nomination), and Forum (National Theatre). He recently directed the World Premier of the new musical Finding Wonderland produced by Harvey Weinstein at The Curve Theatre in Leicester. He choreographed Candide which played at The ENO in London, La Scala in Milan, and The Chatelet in Paris. He won an Emmy Award for his choreography for the 81st Academy Awards and has staged tributes for Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman, Barbra Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Kennedy Center Honors. He did the choreography for the film Beyond The Sea directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. He is on The Board of Trustees for The Joyce Theatre, The Executive Board of SDC, and is an Associate Director of The Old Vic in London.
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