The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Who cares about bombs in Times Square? Last night, the theater district saw the star-studded premiere of the first all-black production of Tennessee William's classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Phylicia Rashad, James Earl Jones, Dreamgirl Anika Noni Rose, and baby-wipe fan Terrence Howard. (The production got a somewhat tepid review by the NY Times' Ben Brantley.) The onstage star-wattage, however, was offset by the disappointing sartorial choices on the part of the red carpet attendees. Though the great Spike Lee and his wife Tonya, left, set the bar high, (and Eartha Kitt looks purrrfect no matter what) their fellow attendees fell terribly short, on the whole. The full Good, Bad, and Ugly of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, after the jump.





The Good:

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Nom nom Boris Kodjoe.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

I have always loved Cady Hoffman for being unabashed and proud of being a tall woman with breasts.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

While I don't approve of Eartha Kitt's fur, well — she's Eartha Kitt.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Sorry, James Litpon always puts a smile on my face. Sick, I know.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Snaps to Miss America Kirsten Haglund for not wearing something tulle, beaded, or corseted.


The Bad:

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

April Woodward's dress is a little costumey: Girly Dracula, perhaps?

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

That's, um, a lot of velvet, Brenda Baxton.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Does Kelly Bensimon's dress not have a touch of clearance-rack-at-Dress-Barn to it? Did she learn nothing in her years married to ELLE's Gilles Bensimon?

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

The shape of Lynn Whitfield's dress is solid, but it still looks like she pinched it from the wardrobe room from a revival of Follies.


The Ugly:

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Please don't wear animals, Pauletta (wife of Denzel) Washington.

The Tin Roof Is Hot, The Clothes Are Not

Tonya Pinkins' dress is not helping my vertigo.

[Images via Getty.]

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