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Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase Return to Broadway Tonight as Kiss Me, Kate Opens

Corbin Bleu and Stephanie Styles also star in the Cole Porter musical.

Kelli O'Hara as Kate/Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate.
(© Joan Marcus)

Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase officially mark their returns to Broadway tonight with the opening of Kiss Me, Kate at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54.

John Pankow, Will Chase, and Lance Coadie Williams in a scene from Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway.
(© Joan Marcus)

Recipient of the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949, Kiss Me, Kate features a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, direction by eight-time Tony nominee and Roundabout's associate artistic director Scott Ellis, choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, and music direction by Paul Gemignani.

The new Roundabout cast is led by Tony winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) as Kate and Lilli Vanessi, and Tony nominee Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Petruchio and Fred Graham, alongside Corbin Bleu (Holiday Inn) as Lucentio and Bill Calhoun, Terence Archie (Rocky) as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde) as Harry Trevor and Baptista, James T. Lane (King Kong) as Paul, Stephanie Styles (Newsies national tour) as Lois Lane and Bianca, Adrienne Walker (The Lion King) as Hattie, Lance Coadie Williams (Sweat) as Gangster (Second Man), and John Pankow (Cymbeline) as Gangster (First Man).

Stephanie Styles and her Kiss Me, Kate costars.
(© Joan Marcus)

The cast also includes Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt.

Corbin Bleu as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate.
(© Joan Marcus)

The creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting), Brian Ronan (dound), and David Brian Brown (hair and wig design).

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