Scarlett Johansson wowed the tough New York theater critics when she made her Broadway debut Sunday in "A View From the Bridge." As the lovesick teenager Catherine, Johansson, 25, inspired rapturous reviews from the likes of New York Times scribe Ben Brantley, who said she "melts into her character." Tony Award winner Liev Schrieber ("Glengarry Glen Ross") as her lustful Uncle Eddie and stage vet Jessica Hecht as his long-suffering wife, Beatrice, also earned their share of plaudits.
This is the third rialto revival of Arthur Miller's 1955 domestic drama. Thirteen years ago, the Roundabout Theatre production of "Bridge" won the Tony for best revival. The late Brittany Murphy played the nymphet; though she earned no accolades, Anthony LaPaglia as Eddie took the lead-actor Tony while Allison Janney picked up a nod as Beatrice.
The first remounting of "Bridge," in 1983, landed Tony Lo Bianco a Tony nom for lead actor and also contended for best revival. The original production starred Oscar-winner Van Heflin as Eddie and Eileen Heckart as his wife. Back then, the one-act drama was performed alongside another Miller play -- "A Memory of Two Mondays" -- but neither figured in any prominent Tony categories in 1956.
Photo: Scarlett Johansson, Santino Fontana and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Credit: Cort Theatre