Marisa Tomei headed to Broadway for Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Rose Tattoo’ revival

Marisa Tomei headed to Broadway for Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Rose Tattoo’ revival


Marisa Tomei will star in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo,” to be directed by Trip Cullman and set for a Roundabout Theatre Company production in September.

Tomei will play Serafina, the widow “who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor,” in the description by Roundabout. Other casting — including that fiery suitor — hasn’t been announced.

“The Rose Tattoo” will begin previews on September 19, with an official opening on Tuesday, October 15. The limited engagement will run through December 8 at the nonprofit Roundabout’s Broadway venue American Airlines Theatre.

Cullman and Tomei premiered the revival at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June 2016.

The play made its Tony-winning Broadway debut in 1951, starring Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach. A movie version was released in 1955 starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster, and a 1995 Broadway revival at Circle in the Square starred Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia.

“The Rose Tattoo” will be the latest Roundabout production of a Tennessee Williams work, following including “Summer and Smoke” (1975 and 1996), “The Night of the Iguana” (1996), “The Glass Menagerie” (1994 and 2010), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (2005), “Suddenly Last Summer” (2006) and “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” (2011).

The “Rose Tattoo” announcement was made Monday by Roundabout artistic director/CEO Todd Haimes.

Tomei won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “My Cousin Vinny,” and her long roster of stage credits include, most recently, Sarah Ruhl’s 2017 “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” at Lincoln Center. She’s in rehearsals as Edith Bunker for the live “All in the Family” special set for May 22 on ABC.

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