Amanda Watkins
Amanda Watkins
Full cast and creative team have been announced for the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Kiss Me, Kate, to run April 16-May 18. The production, which will open officially on April 20, will be directed by James Brennan and choreographed by Patti Colombo.

With a score by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, the show examines the volatile relationship between two musical theater actors -- once married, now divorced -- as they star together in a Broadway-bound musical version of Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the Shrew.

Mike McGowan will play Fred/Petruchio, Michele Ragusa will play Lilli/Kate, Timothy J. Alex will play Bill Lucentio, and Amanda Watkins will play Lois/Bianca. The cast will also feature Megan Adams, Elliott Bradley, Stephen Carrasco (Hortensio), Desiree Davar, Eugene Fleming (Paul), Herb Foster (Harry/Trevor), Katie Hagen, Wes Hart (Gremio), Cameron Henderson, Todd Horman, Tiffany Howard, Danielle Jordan, Kate Marilley, Rod Roberts, William Ryall (Second Man), Stacey Sargeant (Hattie), Eric Shorey, Bob Stoeckle (General Harrison Howell), Elisa Van Duyne, Kyle Vaughn, Gordon Joseph Weiss (First Man), and Ryan Worsing.

The show will feature scenic design by James Fouchard, costumes by Gail Baldoni, lighting by F. Mitchell Dana, and sound design by Randy Hansen.

For more information, call 973-376-4343 or visit www.papermill.org.