Norm Lewis Joins Kiss Me, Kate With Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase
The Tony-nominated actor completes Roundabout Theatre Company's cast.
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Tony nominee Norm Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera) will take on the role of Harrison Howell in its benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate. He rounds out the cast of the one-night-only performance, starring Tony winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Tony nominee Will Chase (Something Rotten!). The concert will be held December 12 at 7:30pm at Studio 54.
O'Hara and Chase will lead the cast of the famous Cole Porter musical as Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham. Helmed by Roundabout Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis with choreography by Warren Carlyle, the concert will also feature 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.
The creative team includes David Rockwell (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), and John Barrett (hair and make-up design).
Proceeds from the concert will support Roundabout Theatre Company's many programs and initiatives, including the Musical Theatre Fund.