Big Daddy is
coming back to Broadway. Not to mention Brick, Maggie, and
Big Mama too.
revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof, directed by Debbie Allen, will open March 7 at the
Broadhurst Theatre, producer Stephen C. Byrd announced
James Earl Jones
will star as the Mississippi patriarch Big Daddy;
Phylicia Rashad will be his wife, Big Mama; Terrence Howard
plays his alcoholic son, Brick; and Anika Noni Rose
portrays Maggie, Brick's frustrated wife. Preview
performances begin February 12.
will be the fourth Broadway revival of the play, one of
Williams's most popular dramas. The original production
opened in New York in 1955 starring Burl Ives, Mildred
Dunnock, Ben Gazzara, and Barbara Bel Geddes (as
Maggie). The 1958 movie version starred Paul Newman
and Elizabeth Taylor, along with Ives and Judith Anderson.
productions of Cat include a 1974 revival
starring Elizabeth Ashley and Keir Dullea; one in 1990 with
Kathleen Turner and Daniel Hugh Kelly; and a third in 2003
with Ashley Judd and Jason Patric. (AP)