Saturday, December 29, 2007

Debbie Allen Revives "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Debbie Allen

Terrence Howard

Anika Noni Rose

Super-sista Debbie Allen's Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" commences on March 6 at New York's Broadhurst Theatre. The all-black cast is the first production to be authorized by playwright Tennessee Williams' estate.

The noir cast is an assemblage of notable actors. Terrence Howard will make his stage debut and Tony Award winners, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and "Dreamgirl" Anika Noni Rose star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern drama.

Howard will play the haunted, alcoholic Brick, a former football player who rebuffs the advances of his wife, Maggie (Rose), and faces a tortured relationship with his domineering father, Big Daddy (Jones). Rashad plays Big Mama. The other two main roles in the dysfunctional family are yet to be announced.

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