Kodjoe to Replace Howard

It has just been announced that Terrence Howard will take “a previously arranged leave” from Broadway’s current “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” April 15-May 22, but actor-model Boris Kodjoe (pictured) is waiting in the wings as tormented Brick. Howard’s temporary exit is to fulfill contractual obligations for a movie job, a spokesman said. Howard rejoins the production May 23. With this Feb. 21 announcement comes confirmation that tickets are on sale through June 15, which represents an extension of the “strictly limited run” (which was previously on sale to April 13). The staging is so high-profile that an extension announcement was expected.

Frankly, I just as curious to see Kodjoe — probably more so — than I am to see Howard. But what I’m really dry-cleaning my Sunday best for is neither one of them: I’m going to dude up in deference to James Earl Jones, who plays Big Daddy, and whose hubba-hubba performance I’ve already reported on.

The revival of the 1955 Tennessee Williams classic at the Broadhurst Theatre marks the first time the play has been seen on Broadway with an African-American cast.

Howard is known for his work in Hollywood’s “Crash” and “Hustle & Flow.” He was Academy Award-nominated for the latter.

Kodjoe was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People Magazine in 2002, and might be best known as a cast member of TV’s “Soul Food.” His film credits include “All About Us” and “Madea’s Family Reunion,” among other pictures.

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