AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Michael Park (Jack) is back on Broadway following his stint in the hit musical How To Succeed In Business… Without Really Trying. This time around, he’s appearing in the latest revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof starring Scarlett Johansson!
Park will be playing the role of Gooper, although he admits that director Rob Ashford cast against type by offering him the role. “He’s supposed to be a portly man who is not very well-liked by his father and mother,” the actor explains. “He’s got to be diametrically opposed to Brick, who is the superstar of the family. I’m not your normal type for Gooper. [Rob] is thinking outside the box a little bit.”
While Gooper and wife Mae are often considered the comic relief of the story, Park adds that they have to be a serious threat. “The real threat should be there that Gooper is going to be taking over the business,” he says. “He’s going to be taking over the family plantation. It’s going to be interesting. I’m not taking this lightly at all. What an opportunity.”
Previews for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof begin on Tuesday, December 18, and the show’s opening night is scheduled for Thursday, January 17. It will only run for 15 weeks, so if you’re hoping to get tickets, don’t wait too long to click here!
And for more from Park about his post-ATWT career and what’s next after this play, don’t miss his interview in the new CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale 12/17!