Burke Moses, who originated the role of Gaston in the stage version of Beauty and the Beast, will portray another egomaniacal character, in an upcoming NBC pilot. According to Daily Variety, the former Kiss Me, Kate star has been cast as a morning-show anchor in "Good Morning, Miami," a new sitcom from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. A "puffed up, self-absorbed buffoon" is the way Mutchnick recently referred to Moses' character in the Warner Bros.-produced pilot. Moses, who was scheduled to appear in the York Theatre Company's production of By Jupiter — part of its "Musicals in Mufti" series — has withdrawn from that Rodgers and Hart musical due to scheduling conflicts.
Moses most recently appeared on Broadway as Fred Graham in the Tony winning revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He made his Broadway debut as Sky Masterson in another Tony-winning revival, Guys and Dolls. For his work as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Moses received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and his other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! productions of Li'l Abner and DuBarry Was a Lady. Moses' resume also features several TV credits including roles on "Family Law," "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Diresta," "Secret Lives of Men," "Suddenly Susan," "The Nanny," "Cybill," "The Hughleys," "The Client," "Caroline in the City," "As the World Turns," "Loving" and "One Life to Live."
—By Andrew Gans