Michael Berresse, in Kiss Me, KateBerresse, who starred as the original Fred Casely in the current revival of Chicago, made his first big Broadway splash in this Cole Porter musical. As Bill Calhoun, the second male lead in the fictitious show at the center of Kate, he stops the show every night with his set climbing choreography following the number, "Bianca." Boyd Gaines, in ContactWhile he impressed in She Loves Me (winning a Tony Award) and Cabaret, and was selected to play Bobby in the first big Broadway revival of Company, Gaines arguably became a true musical star this season with this performance as a suicidal ad exec transformed by dance and a Girl in a Yellow Dress. Gaines' credits in plays are just as strong, including The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award), The Show Off and The Extra Man.
Michael Mulheren, in Kiss Me, KateThe dumber of the two show-stealing thugs who menace Kate's matinee idols, Mulheren received his first Tony nomination for this performance. His many supporting turns include roles in Titanic, Floyd Collins and Captains Courageous.
Stephen Spinella, in James Joyce's The DeadSpinella played the drunken, sympathetic Freddie in this musical adaptation of Joyce's immortal short story, and routinely received the best notices of anyone in the cast. The nomination is Spinella's third; he was nominated for both part one and part two of Angels in America (he won each time).
Lee Wilkof, in Kiss Me, KateThe other half of the duo who bring down the house with "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Wilkof is a theatre veteran whose many credits include She Loves Me, The Front Page, Sweet Charity, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, June Moon, Assassins and Little Shop of Horrors.