Based on the Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens Jan. 17, following nearly a month of previews. The star? Scarlett Johansson.
It’s not her first time venturing onstage, as her role in the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge garnered Johansson some of her best acting reviews to date. She's also been in a number of films, including her role as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers," a character she’s slated to revive in several other Marvel films. Just a day in the life, I guess.
In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Johansson plays Maggie — the gorgeous heroine, a hard woman, who’s seductive and calculating. Sound familiar? Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, is famously beautiful, smart, heroic, and often uses her deliriously good looks to get what she wants.
So if Maggie the Cat is a suitable, even appropriate, role for Black Widow, what about the other Avengers? What would they play if they starred on Broadway?
Obviously The Hulk would star in Shrek. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Aside from that whole green-skin thing, the two are enormous, have thick eyebrows, huge hands, and wear weird pants (Shrek dons some sort of tights/leggings hybrid, while The Hulk rocks some cut-off purple pants he probably brought for an absurd amount of money at Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch). Sure, Hulk couldn't actually deliver any of Shrek’s lines, but he’d definitely capture that whole menacing-and-angry aura. For the sappy parts, The Hulk could just gaze off into the distance or possibly transform into Bruce Banner. It could work. Other options for The Hulk include Jekyll and Hyde, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Stomp, or maybe even Wicked (green and misunderstood, anyone?). I see a very lucrative Broadway career in Hulk’s future.