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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

3.20.2008


I can't put this is in my 100 part series of "Musicals Maryann Will Never Forgive Herself for Not Seeing" because this isn't a musical. They could make it into one...but that's a different story.

Terrence Howard (Jackie in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)!, but especially from The Best Man (1991) with Taye Diggs) is going to star on Broadway in an all-black production of Tennessee William's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

He will be playing the alcoholic former football star Brick, Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls (2006)) his wife Maggie, James Earl Jones (aka Darth Vader--one of his many great roles) as Big Daddy, and Phylicia Rashad (Cosby Show) plays Big Momma. To top it off, Debbie Allen is directing.

My only experience with the play is from the 1958 film starring Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ives (the snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). If you are headed to New York any time soon, be sure to try to go see the show, but if not, rent the movie. Everyone gives strong performances with classic direction from Richard Brooks.

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