Casting is nearly complete for Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019 revival of Kiss Me, Kate!
Joining the previously announced Tony-winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony-nominated Will Chase is an all-star lineup that includes Corbin Bleu (Holiday Inn, High School Musical) as Lucentio/Bill Calhoun, Terence Archie (Rocky the Musical) as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde) as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Stephanie Styles (Roman Holiday) as Lois Lane/Bianca, Adrienne Walker (The Lion King) as Hattie, and Lance Coadie Williams (Sweat) and John Pankow (Cymbeline) as Gangsters.
Preview performances for Kiss Me, Kate are slotted to begin Thursday, February 14 before an official opening takes place just a few short weeks later on March 14. The 2019 revival will be a limited engagement, with performances scheduled to run through June 2, 2019 at Studio 54 on Broadway.
Kiss Me, Kate's 2019 revival will feature choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle and music direction by Paul Gemignani. Direction will be by eight-time Tony nominee and Roundabout Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director, Scott Ellis.
Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Amanda Green has also joined the production’s creative team, contributing additional material to update the show’s libretto for today’s audience.
Additional casting will be announced soon.
What Is Kiss Me, Kate?
Kiss Me, Kate made its official Broadway debut 70 years ago in 1948, following the story of leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham as they battle it out onstage and behind the scenes in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, passion, and side-splitting comedy, Kiss Me, Kate combines the witty humor of two legendary writers; Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Considered to be Broadway’s most shining achievement of musical comedy masterpieces, Kiss Me, Kate became the first-ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949. It served as Porter’s response to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and was the first show Porter wrote where the music and lyrics were strictly connected to the script. Kiss Me, Kate became his only show to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. Over the past seven decades, the show has enjoyed several revivals including a handful of runs on London’s West End and two-year run in Australia.