17 January 2013 9:11 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When Jordan Dean lost his job, columnist Michael Riedel responded with characteristic reserve. From his perch at the New York Post, Riedel had campaigned to have Dean’s character Skipper excised from the new Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Scarlett Johansson as Maggie the Cat and Benjamin Walker as Brick. Why the fuss? Because Skipper, an old football buddy of Brick’s, isn’t present in Tennessee Williams’ original work. He and his suicide are referenced often in the play, but he never showed up onstage until previews of this newest incarnation began Dec. 18. In multiple columns, Riedel howled that the character’s unprecedented presence as a singing ghost who haunts critical scenes was an outrage invented by director Rob Ashford and not welcome by Johansson and Walker. When reports surfaced last week that Skipper had been removed from the production, Backstage reached out to »

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