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Former Child Actor Scarlett Johansson in 'A View From the Bridge' on Broadway

January 25, 2010

All eyes on Broadway this week are focused on the Cort Theatre, where a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," starring Scarlett Johansson, opened Sunday.

Johansson, who is making her Broadway debut, performs alongside Tony winner Liev Schreiber and Jessica Hecht in the 1955 drama about a working-class Brooklyn family torn apart by lust and revenge. The production, directed by Gregory Mosher, also stars Corey Stoll, Morgan Spector, Michael Cristofer and Joe Ricci.

Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman who lives with his wife, Beatrice (Hecht), and his 17-year-old niece, Catherine (Johansson), whom he has raised since she was a child. Eddie's paternal relationship with his niece is transformed into something more sexual with the arrival of Beatrice's cousin from Italy, who forms a bond with the young woman. 

The casting of Johansson has provoked the usual skepticism among New York theatergoers, who seem to take special pleasure in watching Hollywood movie stars crash and burn on the stage.

But the reviews for "A View From the Bridge" suggest that Johansson may be having the last laugh. Read More