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But in a season where celebrity-driven shows have frequently flopped on Broadway, will her celebrity draw in theatergoers?

She did backflips in The Avengers and karaoke in Lost in Translation, but starting this week Scarlett Johansson is facing down a different test – not in front of a camera, but on stage.

The Hollywood star is helming a new Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams's 1955 classic of sexual desire and dishonesty in the American south. Johansson, who plays the frustrated debutante Maggie the Cat, races around the stage in a fire-red wig and negligee, spitting out her lines in a rapid-fire southern twang – which may take some getting used to for audiences expecting her trademark husky contralto.

The show opened Thursday for a 10-week run. But her appearance in a role made famous by Elizabeth Taylor is a financial gamble as much as an artistic one. »

- Jason Farago

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