Tennessee William’s 1951 Tony Award-winning Best Play The Rose Tattoo will receive a revival courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre Company. Starring in the role of Serafina will be Oscar-winning actress Marissa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), with direction by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Choir Boy). Tomei will reunite with Cullman, following their acclaimed production of The Rose Tattoo at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016. The Broadway production will begin preview performances on September 19, 2019, and open officially on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This is a limited engagement through December 8, 2019 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway
“This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Cullman, Williams’ lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Serafina erupts from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play”
Tomei won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, playing the sassy Mona Lisa Vito in the 1992 film comedy hit My Cousin Vinny. She has been Oscar-nominated twice since for In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. Other film work includes The Big Short, Love is Strange, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Ides of March, Loitering with Intent, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, What Women Want, Happy Accidents, and Slums of Beverly Hills. On Broadway, her credits include: The Realistic Joneses (2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance), Top Girls, Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions, Marie and Bruce, Design for Living, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Waiting for Lefty, Rocket to the Moon, Demonology, Dark Rapture, Slavs!, The Comedy of Errors, and The Summer Wind.
The Rose Tattoo tells the story of Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian widow and seamstress who is determined to find love again, at any cost, even if her actions drive a wedge between her and her daughter.
This will not be the Roundabout Theatre’s first foray into presenting Tennessee Williams’ work. Prior outings include Summer and Smoke (1975 & 1996), The Night of the Iguana (1996), The Glass Menagerie (1994 & 2010), A Streetcar Names Desire (2005), Suddenly Last Summer (2006), and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (2011).
The remaining cast members and design team for The Rose Tattoo will be announced soon.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.