Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: further cast announced

Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford, the play will open at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 17 Jan 2013, following previews from 18 Dec 2012, where it will play a limited engagement through to 30 Mar 2013.

Joining Scarlett Johansson as 'Maggie,' Ciarán Hinds as 'Big Daddy,' Benjamin Walker as 'Brick' and Debra Monk as 'Big Mama,' will be Emily Bergl as 'Mae,' Michael Park as 'Gooper,' Vin Knight as 'Reverend Tooker' and Brian Reddy as 'Doctor Baugh.'

The cast will also include Will Cobbs, Tanya Birl, Jordan Dean, Lance Roberts and Cherene Snow.

The design team is comprised of Christopher Oram (Scenic Design), Julie Weiss (Costume Design), Neil Austin (Lighting Design) and Adam Cork (Composer and Sound Design).

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 being produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, The Araca Group, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Scott Rudin.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered on Broadway in 1955. Directed by Elia Kazan, it starred Barbara Bel Geddes as 'Maggie,' Burl Ives as 'Big Daddy,' Ben Gazzara as 'Brick' and Mildred Dunnock as 'Big Mama.' The production was nominated for Tony's for Best New Play, Best Director and Best Actress in a Play (Barbara Bel Geddes).

It was revived on Broadway in 1974, 1990, 2003 and 2008. The 2008 revival featured an all Black cast, directed by Debbie Allen, and starred Anika Noni Rose as 'Maggie,' James Earl Jones as 'Big Daddy,' Terrence Howard as 'Brick' and Phylicia Rashad as 'Big Mama.'

Emily BerglMichael Park

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