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article imageScarlett Johansson to return to Broadway

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By Tim Sandle     Sep 21, 2012 in Arts
Movie star Scarlett Johansson is to return to Broadway in a production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. She will play the role of Maggie.
Scarlett Johansson is not only a celebrated movie actor and she received acclaim for her role in Arthur Miller's ‘A View from A Bridge’ in 2010, for which she won a Tony Award.
After appearing in several hit films including ‘The Avengers’, Johansson is set to return to the stage in January 2013 in a production of the Tennesse Williams drama ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, according to The Inquisitir. In the play, Scarlett Johansson will start alongside Benjamin Walker (most recently seen in ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’), Debra Monk and Ciaran Hinds.
According to the BBC, the drama Pulitzer Prize winning play (1955), examines the themes of greed, homosexuality, repression and death. The new version is to be directed by Rob Ashford.
The synopsis of the play, according to Broadway.com is:
“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.”
Scarlett Johansson issued a statement about her new role: “I am so thrilled to return to Broadway and feel incredibly fortunate to be doing so with Rob Ashford and such gifted actors.”
The new production will be the fifth revival on Broadway and it will be performed at the Richard Rodgers Theater. The role which Scarlett Johansson is playing was famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor in the movie version.
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