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This article is about the 1951 play. For other uses, see Rose Tattoo (disambiguation).

The Rose Tattoo is a three-act play written by Tennessee Williams in 1949 and 1950; after its Chicago premiere on December 29, 1950, he made further revisions to the play for its Broadway premiere on February 2, 1951, and its publication by New Directions the following month. A film adaptation was released in 1955. The Rose Tattoo tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Mississippi who has withdrawn from the world after her husband's death and expects her daughter to do the same.

The Rose Tattoo
First edition cover (New Directions)
Written byTennessee Williams
Characters
  • Serafina Delle Rose
  • Alvaro Mangiacavallo
  • Man
  • The Strega
  • Father De Leo
  • Doctor
  • Teresa
  • Flora
  • Salesman
  • Miss Yorke
  • Rosa Delle Rose
  • Peppina
  • Salvatore
Date premiered3 February 1951
Place premieredMartin Beck Theatre
Original languageEnglish
GenreDrama
SettingGulf Coast village between New Orleans and Mobile

Contents

Maureen Stapleton and Don Murray, 1951

The original Broadway play starred Maureen Stapleton, Phyllis Love, and Eli Wallach. Other original cast members of the 1951 Broadway play included Martin Balsam and Vivian Nathan. The original production of The Rose Tattoo premiered February 3, 1951, at the Martin Beck Theatre (now known as the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) and concluded October 27, 1951, with a total of 306 performances. It was produced by Cheryl Crawford, written by Tennessee Williams; incidental music by David Diamond, staged by Daniel Mann, scenic design by Boris Aronson, costumes designed by Rose Bogadnoff, lighting designed by Charles Elson, general manager John Yorke, stage manager Ralph De Launey, conductor and harpist Nettie Druzinsky, musicians: Michael Danzi, Jack Linx and Frank Kutak, production associate Bea Lawrene, and press representative Wolfe Kauffman. The play was recreated for a July 5, 1953, hour-long radio adaptation on the program Best Plays. Recordings of the radio drama exist in archives and private collections.

The play was revived in 1966, again starring Maureen Stapleton, with Maria Tucci replacing Phyllis Love in the role of Rose Delle Rose. Tucci was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance. The revival ran from November 9 to December 31 at the Billy Rose Theatre (now known as the Nederlander Theatre) with 62 performances under the direction of Milton Katselas. Scenic design by David R. "Tex" Ballou, costume design by Frank Thompson, lighting designed by Peggy Clark, stage manager Ray Laine, and press representatives Arthur Cantor and Artie Solomon.

The second revival, starring Anthony LaPaglia and Mercedes Ruehl, took place in 1995 from March 23 to April 30, running for 73 performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre with casting by Stuart Howard and Amy Schecter under the direction of Robert Falls. Scenic design was by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by John Kilgore, hair and make-up design by Claus Lulla, wig design by John Aitchison, general manager Don Roe, management consultant Gordon G. Forbes, stage manager Peggy Peterson, assistant stage manager Wm. Hare, and dialect coach K. C. Ligon.

New Directions Publishing reissued the play in 2010 with a new introduction by playwright John Patrick Shanley.

A third Broadway revival starring Marisa Tomei and directed by Trip Cullman premiered at the American Airlines Theatre in previews on September 19, 2019, and officially on October 15.

On May 12, 1957, the Pike Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, staged The Rose Tattoo with Anna Manahan as the lead and the Irish scenic artist Reginald Gray as the set designer. After a short run, the theatre was invaded by the Irish police and director Alan Simpson was arrested for producing "a lewd entertainment" for miming dropping a condom onto the floor. Williams' script calls for a condom to fall out of a pocket during the show but the Pike staging mimed the act, knowing it would cause conflict. An intellectual revolt against the closing of The Rose Tattoo came from not only Ireland but from the continent, led by playwrights Samuel Beckett, Seán O'Casey and Brendan Behan. Simpson was later released. The presiding judge, Justice O'Flynn, ruled: "I can only infer that by arresting the accused, the object would be achieved of closing down the play." One of the results of this case was that any charges brought against theatre would have to be proven before the show could be forced to close.

1951 original Broadway production

1966 revival

  • Harry Guardino – Alvaro Mangiacavallo
  • Maureen Stapleton – Serafina Delle Rose
  • Jo Flores Chase – Peppina
  • Elena Christi – Vivi
  • Gina Collens – Flora
  • Peter Flazone – Bruno
  • L.M. Gibbons – Salesman
  • Marcie Hubert – Esetelle Hohengarten
  • Anna Berger Malatzky – Mariella
  • Joanna Sandra Malatzy – Child
  • Susan Carol Malatzky – Child
  • Ruth Manning – Violetta
  • Kevin O'Morrison – Doctor
  • Peggy Pope – Bessie
  • Dorothy Raymond – Giovana
  • Sonny Rocco – Salvator
  • Honey Sanders – Teresa
  • Georgia Simmons – The Strega
  • Dino Terranova – Father De Leo
  • Gloria Tofano – Lucia
  • Barbara Townsend – Miss Yorke
  • Phyllis Love – Rosa Delle Rose (replaced by Maria Tucci)
  • Nina Varela – Assunta
  • Rossetta Veneziani – Giuseppina
  • Christopher Walken – Jack Hunter

1995 revival

  • Anthony LaPaglia – Alvaro Mangiacavallo
  • Mercedes Ruehl – Serafina Delle Rose
  • Jackie Angelescu – Vivi
  • Elaine Bromka – Mariella
  • Cara Buono – Rosa Delle Rose
  • Catherine Campbell – Flora
  • Dylan Chalfy – Jack Hunter
  • Dominic Chianese – Father De Leo
  • Suzanne Grodner – Peppina
  • Deborah Jolly – Estelle Hohengarten
  • Phillip LeStrange – Doctor/Salesman
  • Carol Locatell – Giuseppina
  • Anthony Manganiello – Salvatore
  • Antonia Rey – Assunta
  • Irma St. Paule – The Strega
  • Elle Tobie – Miss Yorke
  • Fiddle Viracola – Violetta
  • Kay Walbye – Bessie

2019 revival

  • Marisa Tomei – Serafina Delle Rose
  • Emun Elliott – Alvaro Mangiacavallo
  • Cassie Beck – Miss Yorke
  • Carolyn Mignini – Assunta
  • Greg Hildreth – The Salesman
  • Paige Gilbert – Bessie
  • Alexander Bello – Salvatore
  • Tina Benko – Estelle Hoehengarten
  • Susan Cella – Giuseppina
  • Isabella Iannelli – Vivi
  • Andréa Burns – Peppina
  • Ellyn Marie Marsh – Violetta
  • Portia – Flora
  • Ella Rubin – Rosa
  • Jennifer Sánchez – Mariella
  • Constance Shulman – The Strega
  • Burke Swanson – Jack
  • Jacob Michael Laval – Bruno

A film adaptation starring Anna Magnani was released in 1955. Magnani won an Academy Award for her performance.

1951 Original Broadway Production

1966 Broadway Revival

1995 Broadway Revival

2019 Broadway Revival

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2020 Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play Nominated
Distinguished Performance Marisa Tomei Nominated
Tony Award Best Original Score Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb Pending
Best Costume Design in a Play Clint Ramos Nominated
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The Rose Tattoo Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about the 1951 play For other uses see Rose Tattoo disambiguation The Rose Tattoo is a three act play written by Tennessee Williams in 1949 and 1950 after its Chicago premiere on December 29 1950 he made further revisions to the play for its Broadway premiere on February 2 1951 and its publication by New Directions the following month 1 A film adaptation was released in 1955 The Rose Tattoo tells the story of an Italian American widow in Mississippi who has withdrawn from the world after her husband s death and expects her daughter to do the same The Rose TattooFirst edition cover New Directions Written byTennessee WilliamsCharactersSerafina Delle RoseAlvaro MangiacavalloManThe StregaFather De LeoDoctorTeresaFloraSalesmanMiss YorkeRosa Delle RosePeppinaSalvatoreDate premiered3 February 1951Place premieredMartin Beck TheatreOriginal languageEnglishGenreDramaSettingGulf Coast village between New Orleans and Mobile Contents 1 Productions 2 Controversy 3 Cast 3 1 1951 original Broadway production 3 2 1966 revival 3 3 1995 revival 3 4 2019 revival 4 Film adaptation 5 Awards and nominations 5 1 1951 Original Broadway Production 5 2 1966 Broadway Revival 5 3 1995 Broadway Revival 5 4 2019 Broadway Revival 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksProductions Edit Maureen Stapleton and Don Murray 1951 The original Broadway play starred Maureen Stapleton Phyllis Love and Eli Wallach Other original cast members of the 1951 Broadway play included Martin Balsam and Vivian Nathan 2 The original production of The Rose Tattoo premiered February 3 1951 at the Martin Beck Theatre now known as the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and concluded October 27 1951 with a total of 306 performances It was produced by Cheryl Crawford written by Tennessee Williams incidental music by David Diamond staged by Daniel Mann scenic design by Boris Aronson costumes designed by Rose Bogadnoff lighting designed by Charles Elson general manager John Yorke stage manager Ralph De Launey conductor and harpist Nettie Druzinsky musicians Michael Danzi Jack Linx and Frank Kutak production associate Bea Lawrene and press representative Wolfe Kauffman 3 The play was recreated for a July 5 1953 hour long radio adaptation on the program Best Plays 4 Recordings of the radio drama exist in archives and private collections The play was revived in 1966 again starring Maureen Stapleton with Maria Tucci replacing Phyllis Love in the role of Rose Delle Rose Tucci was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance 5 The revival ran from November 9 to December 31 at the Billy Rose Theatre now known as the Nederlander Theatre with 62 performances under the direction of Milton Katselas Scenic design by David R Tex Ballou costume design by Frank Thompson lighting designed by Peggy Clark stage manager Ray Laine and press representatives Arthur Cantor and Artie Solomon 6 The second revival starring Anthony LaPaglia and Mercedes Ruehl took place in 1995 from March 23 to April 30 running for 73 performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre with casting by Stuart Howard and Amy Schecter under the direction of Robert Falls Scenic design was by Santo Loquasto costume design by Catherine Zuber lighting design by Kenneth Posner sound design by John Kilgore hair and make up design by Claus Lulla wig design by John Aitchison general manager Don Roe management consultant Gordon G Forbes stage manager Peggy Peterson assistant stage manager Wm Hare and dialect coach K C Ligon 7 New Directions Publishing reissued the play in 2010 with a new introduction by playwright John Patrick Shanley A third Broadway revival starring Marisa Tomei and directed by Trip Cullman premiered at the American Airlines Theatre in previews on September 19 2019 and officially on October 15 8 9 10 Controversy EditOn May 12 1957 the Pike Theatre in Dublin Ireland staged The Rose Tattoo with Anna Manahan as the lead and the Irish scenic artist Reginald Gray as the set designer After a short run the theatre was invaded by the Irish police and director Alan Simpson was arrested for producing a lewd entertainment for miming dropping a condom onto the floor Williams script calls for a condom to fall out of a pocket during the show but the Pike staging mimed the act knowing it would cause conflict An intellectual revolt against the closing of The Rose Tattoo came from not only Ireland but from the continent led by playwrights Samuel Beckett Sean O Casey and Brendan Behan Simpson was later released The presiding judge Justice O Flynn ruled I can only infer that by arresting the accused the object would be achieved of closing down the play One of the results of this case was that any charges brought against theatre would have to be proven before the show could be forced to close 11 Cast Edit1951 original Broadway production Edit Maureen Stapleton Serafina Delle Rose Eli Wallach Alvaro Mangiacavallo Martin Balsam Man Daisy Belmore The Strega Robert Carricart Father De Leo Andrew Duggan Doctor Nancy Franklin Teresa Jane Hoffman Flora Eddie Hyans Salesman Dorrit Kelton Miss Yorke Phyllis Love Rosa Delle Rose Augusta Merighi Peppina Sal Mineo Salvatore Don Murray Jack Hunter Vivian Nathan Violetta Judy Ratner Vivi Rossana San Marco Giuseppina Penny Santon Mariella Sonia Sorel Estelle Hohengarten David Stewart Man Florence Sundstrom Bessie Salvatore Taormina Bruno Ludmila Toretzka Assunta1966 revival Edit Harry Guardino Alvaro Mangiacavallo Maureen Stapleton Serafina Delle Rose Jo Flores Chase Peppina Elena Christi Vivi Gina Collens Flora Peter Flazone Bruno L M Gibbons Salesman Marcie Hubert Esetelle Hohengarten Anna Berger Malatzky Mariella Joanna Sandra Malatzy Child Susan Carol Malatzky Child Ruth Manning Violetta Kevin O Morrison Doctor Peggy Pope Bessie Dorothy Raymond Giovana Sonny Rocco Salvator Honey Sanders Teresa Georgia Simmons The Strega Dino Terranova Father De Leo Gloria Tofano Lucia Barbara Townsend Miss Yorke Phyllis Love Rosa Delle Rose replaced by Maria Tucci Nina Varela Assunta Rossetta Veneziani Giuseppina Christopher Walken Jack Hunter1995 revival Edit Anthony LaPaglia Alvaro Mangiacavallo Mercedes Ruehl Serafina Delle Rose Jackie Angelescu Vivi Elaine Bromka Mariella Cara Buono Rosa Delle Rose Catherine Campbell Flora Dylan Chalfy Jack Hunter Dominic Chianese Father De Leo Suzanne Grodner Peppina Deborah Jolly Estelle Hohengarten Phillip LeStrange Doctor Salesman Carol Locatell Giuseppina Anthony Manganiello Salvatore Antonia Rey Assunta Irma St Paule The Strega Elle Tobie Miss Yorke Fiddle Viracola Violetta Kay Walbye Bessie2019 revival Edit Marisa Tomei Serafina Delle Rose Emun Elliott Alvaro Mangiacavallo Cassie Beck Miss Yorke Carolyn Mignini Assunta Greg Hildreth The Salesman Paige Gilbert Bessie Alexander Bello Salvatore Tina Benko Estelle Hoehengarten Susan Cella Giuseppina Isabella Iannelli Vivi Andrea Burns Peppina Ellyn Marie Marsh Violetta Portia Flora Ella Rubin Rosa Jennifer Sanchez Mariella Constance Shulman The Strega Burke Swanson Jack Jacob Michael Laval BrunoFilm adaptation EditMain article The Rose Tattoo film A film adaptation starring Anna Magnani was released in 1955 Magnani won an Academy Award for her performance Awards and nominations Edit1951 Original Broadway Production Edit Year Award Category Nominee Result1951 Theatre World Award Outstanding Individual Maureen Stapleton WonOutstanding Individual Eli Wallach WonTony Award Best Play WonBest Featured Actor in a Play Eli Wallach WonBest Featured Actress in a Play Maureen Stapleton WonBest Scenic Design Boris Aronson Won1966 Broadway Revival Edit Year Award Category Nominee Result1967 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Maria Tucci NominatedTheatre World Award Outstanding Individual Christopher Walken Won1995 Broadway Revival Edit Year Award Category Nominee Result1995 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Mercedes Ruehl NominatedOutstanding Featured Actor in a Play Anthony LaPaglia NominatedTony Award Best Revival of a Play Nominated2019 Broadway Revival Edit Year Award Category Nominee Result2020 Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play NominatedDistinguished Performance Marisa Tomei NominatedTony Award Best Original Score Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb PendingBest Costume Design in a Play Clint Ramos NominatedSee also EditHistory of Italians in MississippiReferences Edit 1 Williams Tennessee Plays 1937 1955 Mel Gussow and Kenneth Holditch eds New York Library of America 2000 p 1033 ISBN 978 1 883011 86 4 Barnes Mike 2015 04 10 Vivian Nathan Original Member of The Actors Studio Dies at 98 The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 2015 04 25 League The Broadway The Rose Tattoo Broadway Play Original IBDB www ibdb com Retrieved 2018 10 09 Kirby Walter July 5 1953 Better Radio Programs for the Week The Decatur Daily Review p 40 Retrieved July 5 2015 via Newspapers com The Rose Tattoo 1966 Playbill Vault accessed 11 23 2016 League The Broadway The Rose Tattoo Broadway Play 1966 Revival IBDB www ibdb com Retrieved 2018 10 09 League The Broadway The Rose Tattoo Broadway Play 1995 Revival IBDB www ibdb com Retrieved 2018 10 09 Evans Greg 2019 05 20 Marisa Tomei Headed To Broadway For Tennessee Williams The Rose Tattoo Revival Deadline Retrieved 2019 08 13 Full Casting Announced for Marisa Tomei Led Revival of The Rose Tattoo Broadway com Retrieved 2019 08 13 Read Reviews for Broadway s The Rose Tattoo Starring Marisa Tomei and Emun Elliott Playbill 2019 10 15 Morash Christopher 2002 A History of Irish Theatre 1601 2000 illustrated ed Cambridge Cambridge University Press p 322 ISBN 978 0 521 64682 6 External links Edit The Rose Tattoo at the Internet Broadway Database The Rose Tattoo film at IMDb 1953 Best Plays radio adaptation of original play at Internet Archive Ralph Delauney papers related to Tennessee Williams s The Rose Tattoo from Special Collections University of Delaware Library Retrieved from 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