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