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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Broadway

Scarlett Johansson stars in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' classic.


What Is the Story of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?
Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is the story of a Southern family forced to face the issues they have bottled up inside. Set in the bedroom of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta, the play tells the story of rich cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt, who is about to celebrate his 65th birthday and is distraught over the troubled relationship between his beloved son Brick and Brick's determined wife Maggie. Brick is an ex-football hero who has turned to drinking, and Maggie yearns for a more fulfilling life and the security of knowing that she and Brick will inherit the Pollitt estate. (Brick's brother Gooper and his wife Mae have other ideas.) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the relationships within a family whose stifled social and sexual behavior bubbles over in startlingly dramatic ways.

Should I See It?

What Is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Like?
This is the third revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof in the past decade, a play famous for its Southern-style decadence and its grand, desperate, tragic and lavish speeches. Over the course of one hot summer night at the family estate in Mississippi, the most cutting and brutally honest lines are tossed, unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and repressed sexuality reach a boiling point. Rob Ashford’s steamy take on this three-act American classic featuring memorable, emotion-packed performances by Tony winner Scarlett Johansson, Benjamin Walker and the rest of the cast.

Is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Good For Kids?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features drinking (and its subsequent effects), some nudity and suggestive onstage interactions between the show’s leads. The play contains adult themes and language that are inappropriate for young children. The production may be a good choice for older, mature teens—see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first to determine whether the adult subject matter is appropriate.