Roundabout Theatre Company has announced complete casting for its one-night benefit concert of Kiss Me, Kate, to take place December 12 at Studio 54. As previously announced, Broadway favorites Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Will Chase (Something Rotten!) will star as Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham, with Roundabout's associate artistic director Scott Ellis (She Loves Me) directing.
They will be joined by Robert Fairchild (Bill), Heléne Yorke (Lois), Chuck Cooper (Harry Trevor/Baptista), Richard Kind (Gangster), and John Pankow (Gangster), as well as Amber Iman, James Lane, Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Nathan Keen, Michael Lowney, Marissa McGowan, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, and Aaron Ramey.
Written by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate earned the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical. In the musical, the warring lovers of The Taming of the Shrew are causing trouble both onstage and off. While putting on a musical version of Shakespeare's play, exes Fred Graham and Lili Vanessi can't decide if they're enraged, enamored, or enormously confused whenever they cross paths out of character.
Proceeds from the concert will support Roundabout Theatre Company's many programs and initiatives, including the Musical Theatre Fund.
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