Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Directed by Rob Ashford, the production will star Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker. Performances begin December 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening night is set for January 17, 2013. The cast also includes Ciaran Hinds and Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk.
Set in the Mississippi Delta, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of Brick (Walker) and his wife Maggie (Johansson), who are celebrating the 65th birthday of Brick’s father, Big Daddy Pollitt (Hinds). Big Daddy is bothered by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has taken up drinking, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern Gentility slips away as unpleasant truths emerge.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof originally opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on March 24, 1955, starring Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie and Ben Gazzara as Brick. After winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the play has been revived on Broadway four times, including a 2003 production starring Ashley Judd and Jason Patrick. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was most recently revived in 2008, starring James Earl Jones, Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad.