Scarlett Johnasson stars in the new Broadway revival of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, but it is Benjamin Walker in the role of drunkard son Brick that steals the show.
In many ways Cat was ahead of it's time. In addition to exploring the topics of mortality, truthfulness and family complexity, Williams also touched upon homosexual themes in Cat, long before it was cool to do so. And, though it still feels relevant, the show could have benefited from some major trimming. It clocks in at almost three hours!
Walker, who played the titular role in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, is electric on stage! Unfortunately, the same can not be said for Johansson, who is returning to Broadway after previously having won the Tony Award for her role in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge.
While native New Yorker Johansson may have been a good fit for Miller, for Williams she attempted a Southern accent that just did not work and was distracting for the entire show. Plus, the role of Maggie is so iconically associated with Elizabeth Taylor. An actress needs to really be on her A game with that part, and ScarJo was not.
Debra Monk, on the other hand, was the show's other standout as Big Mama.
Long, yes, but this new revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is definitely worth seeing!
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