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Johansson's Broadway debut praised by critics

india Updated: Jan 26, 2010 17:57 IST

Scarlett Johansson

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has impressed theatre critics who have called her debut performance at Broadway perfect. The 25-year-old actress is currently starring in Arthur Miller's

A View From The Bridge

opposite Liev Schreiber, playing a 17-year-old girl in 1950s New York,



The opening night at the Cort Theatre was a star-studded affair with celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Heroes actor Zachary Quinto attending. And the

Lost in Translation

star has emerged triumphant, garnering a swathe of glowing reviews for her performance. The

New York Times'

critic Ben Brantley compared Johansson's performance to other stars who have appeared on Broadway in recent years, insisting that the blonde star outshone all her contemporaries.

"In recent years Broadway's stages have been littered with dim performances from bright screen stars, including Julia Roberts and Katie Holmes. By comparison, Ms Johansson melts into her character so thoroughly that her nimbus of celebrity disappears," he wrote. The Washington Post's Peter Marks added, "The surprising achievement belongs to Johansson, who proves to be capable of far more than collaborating in eyebrow-raising star casting."