The Rose Tattoo

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, starring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, as part of its 2019-2020 Broadway season.

The production originally premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, also starring Ms. Tomei and directed by Trip Cullman, in June 2016. In a review for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood described it as “a buoyant new production” that is “inventively directed” by Cullman and that Tomei is “an actor capable of unleashing all the pain and passion that define this lively if not always lovable character.” Of course, he’s referring to Serafina Delle Rose, the memorably feisty central character of this romantic comedy that took home the Tony Award for “Best Play” in 1951.

Tennessee Williams is undoubtedly more widely associated with the more dramatic works of his canon such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie, so it may well be a welcome change to see one of his rarer gems performed on the Broadway stage. He wrote the role of Serafina for the late great actress Anna Magnani, who actually won an Oscar in 1956 for the play’s film adaptation, and if there’s anyone that can follow in her footsteps, it would be Marisa Tomei.

An Oscar winner in her own right thanks to a stunning, breakthrough performance in 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny,” Tomei has found a whole new audience and a new level of fame following her casting as Aunt May in the global phenomenon that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She has appeared in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and, most recently, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” so far, with other appearances in the pipeline. Critics, however, will always remember her from her stellar Oscar-nominated performances in 2008’s “The Wrestler” or 2001’s “In the Bedroom,” and she is also no stranger to the New York stage with this production marking her fifth role on Broadway.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About The Rose Tattoo:

This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Williams’ lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Serafina erupts from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.

Tennessee Williams
Roundabout Theatre Company
Trip Cullman
Ben Stanton
Fitz Patton
Mark Wendland
Clint Ramos
Cast list:
Marisa Tomei (as Serafina Delle Rose), Cassie Beck (as Miss Yorke), Alexander Bello (as Salvatore), Tina Benko (as Estelle Hoehengarten), Andréa Burns (as Peppina), Susan Cella (as Giuseppina), Emun Elliott (as Alvaro Mangiacavallo), Paige Gilbert (as Bessie), Greg Hildreth (as The Salesman), Isabella Iannelli (as Vivi), Jacob Michael Laval (as Bruno), Ellyn Marie Marsh (as Violetta), Carolyn Mignini (as Assunta), Portia (as Flora), Ella Rubin (as Rosa), Jennifer Sánchez (as Mariella), Constance Shulman (as The Strega), and Burke Swanson (as Jack)
Other info:
Projections by Lucy Mackinnon
The Rose Tattoo Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 19, 2019
Opening date: 
October 15, 2019
December 8, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

American Airlines Theatre - Roundabout Theatre Company

227 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

Latest The Rose Tattoo News & Features

Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo
A New York Theatre Guide to... The Rose Tattoo!
November 13, 2019

Any time the legendary Tennessee Williams’ name finds itself once again up in lights on a Broadway marquee, theatre enthusiasts’ interest will be peaked… even if it is attached to one of the icon’s lesser known plays. Marking only its third Broadway revival since its 1951 debut, which took home the Tony Award for ‘Best Play,’ Roundabout Theatre Company has resurrected one of Williams’ more playful works for the 2019-2020 season. Directed by Trip Cullman, The Rose Tattoo began performances at the American Airlines Theatre on September 19, 2019, ahead of an official opening on October 15.

Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo
Official Broadway production photos released for The Rose Tattoo, starring Marisa Tomei
October 11, 2019

Ahead of next week's official opening at the American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company has now released official production photography for its current Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo. Check out the stunning new shots of Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (as Serafina Delle Rose) and her co-star Emun Elliott (as Alvaro Mangiacavallo). Emun Elliott & Marisa Tomei Marisa Tomei Marisa Tomei & Emun Elliott Marisa Tomei

Our The Rose Tattoo Review

It is difficult not to think of Anna Magnani and the 1995 film adaptation of The Rose Tattoo when watching this Roundabout Theatre Company revival at the American Airlines Theatre. Hers was such a stunning performance, that I kept waiting for that Serafina to erupt out of Marisa Tomei. This is unfair to Tomei, of course. But it does say something about this production that was neither here nor... Read more