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Marisa Tomei is one of the stalwarts of the American multimedia industry. She has been a part of legendary big-screen productions like Oscar-winning My Cousin Vinny and Oscar-nominated The Wrestler. She has also dominated the television scene during the 80s. With The Rose Tattoo, Marisa Tomei will be returning to the Broadway stage for the first time since 2014. She will be embodying the character of a widow who wants to unleash her basic instincts. The show will be on the floors for a limited period of time, so gear up for the play that left generations of audiences spellbound!

The Rose Tattoo: About The Show

The Rose Tattoo starring Marisa Tomei was first presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016 and was received positively by the masses. It was the third revival of the play that was originally staged in 1951. The play has since won 5 Tony Awards. It is written by Tennessee Williams, a contemporary of the likes of Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill. The production has been directed by Yale graduate Trip Cullman. He has previously directed theatre gems like Adam Bock's The Drunken City and Sarah Schulman's Manic Flight Reaction.

This revival of The Rose Tattoo is being produced by Roundabout Theatre Company. The play has been around for over six decades despite the controversial start it had in Ireland in 1957. The themes of women’s liberation and sexual repression were far ahead of its time during the play’s early days. When juxtaposed with the context and the time of its inception, the shock value still manages to shine through today.

The Rose Tattoo : Broadway Story

The play has a Sicilian woman by the name of Serafina at its forefront. She has three children and lives in a cottage with them at the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The titular rose tattoo is originally on her husband’s chest and it is established to be of symbolic significance in the first act of the play. After her husband’s unfortunate fate, Serafina is thrust into an unfamiliar world where her life wouldn’t be as easy as it was. She will need to become the primary provider for her children and take care of the household.

The developments in her growing children’s lives also bring out the ugly side of her character. The story impeccably portrays how Serafina progresses to forget her own needs and desires in search of stability in the household. The play has been criticized for being lewd during the 50s, but it is just another device that drives the plot home. The symbol of the rose and the tattoo appears throughout the play, tying the plots and subplots together.

The Rose Tattoo Broadway tickets

Practical Info

Show Details

Show Timings
Monday - No show
Tuesday, Thursday - 7 PM
Wednesday, Saturday - 2 PM, 8 PM
Sunday - 3 PM


Marisa Tomei as Serafina
Emun Elliott as Alvaro Mangiacavallo
Cassie Beck as Miss Yorke
Carolyn Mignini as Assunta

Directed by
Trip Cullman

Written by
Tennessee Williams

Set Design by
Mark Wendland


Recommended for 14+ Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In House Bar
Coat Check
Assistive Listening System

The American Airlines Theatre has a seating capacity of 740.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Previews begin on September 19, 2019. The official run begins on October 15, 2019, and ends on December 9, 2019.

The Rose Tattoo Reviews

“By ditching the burnt-to-ashes godlike image of her late husband and embracing Mangiacavallo's flawed but loving heart, Serafina springs back to life. Niccolai's highly burnished performance makes that transformation thrilling and soulful.”
- Chicago Tribune

“In this very juicy play, Serafina’s steamy saga couldn’t feel more vibrant, immediate or combustible. Vinkler orchestrates Williams’ alternately comic and melodramatic potboiler with aplomb.”
- Stage and Cinema

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