Kiss Me, Kate Rounds Out Its Roundabout Broadway Cast
Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase are set to lead the Shakespearean musical revival.
Complete casting has been announced for Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, opening March 14, 2019, at Studio 54. Preview performances will begin February 14 and the limited engagement is set to run through June 2.
James T. Lane, fresh from the Broadway company of King Kong, joins the cast as Paul, with Tanya Haglund and Erica Mansfield becoming the latest additions to the ensemble.
As previously announced, the Broadway cast will be 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, Stephanie Styles (Newsies national tour) as Lois Lane and Bianca, Adrienne Walker ([[show:21]) ]as Hattie, Lance Coadie Williams (Sweat) as Gangster (Second Man), and John Pankow (Cymbeline) as Gangster (First Man).
The ensemble also includes Phillip Attmore, Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Haley Fish, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Ron Todorowski.
Kiss Me, Kate, recipient of the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949, 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 creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting), Brian Ronan (sound), David Brian Brown (hair and wig design), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), David Chase (dance arrangements), and Amanda Green (additional material).