Tuesday, December 11, 2012
NEW YORK — Scarlett Johansson is guaranteed a minimum of $40,000 a week to add a dose of sex and glamour to the battered Broadway season in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” according to offering papers distributed to investors.
The Tennessee Williams revival begins previews on Dec. 18.
The 28-year-old movie star, playing the seductive and neglected wife Maggie, can earn more should “Cat” sell. She won’t match Al Pacino’s $125,000 salary for “Glengarry Glen Ross” unless “Cat” becomes a “Glengarry”-scale hit, according to “Roof Theatricals L.P.” papers obtained by Bloomberg News.
Johansson won a Tony Award for her 2010 Broadway debut, a revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” directed by Gregory Mosher, in which she co-starred with Liev Schreiber.
General manager and producer Stuart Thompson — a publicity-shy expat Australian whom Johansson called “the classiest man in show business” during her Tony acceptance speech — is mounting the $3.6 million revival with a cast of 18 and five understudies. Weekly sales must average $750,211, excluding credit card commissions, to repay investors over the 15-week run, according to the partnership’s preliminary estimates.