Roundabout Theatre Company's 2019 Broadway revival of the musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate has found its complete cast. As previously reported, the 1948 musical comedy from Cole Porter will feature an updated libretto by Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Amanda Green.
James T. Lane (King Kong, The Scottsboro Boys) joins the cast as Paul. He joins the previously announced Kelli O’Hara as Kate/Lilli Vanessi, Will Chase as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Corbin Bleu as Lucentio/Bill Calhoun, Terence Archie as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Stephanie Styles as Lois Lane/Bianca, Adrienne Walker as Hattie, and Lance Coadie Williams and John Pankow as Gangsters.
Also new to the cast are Tanya Haglund (Head Over Heels) and Erica Mansfield (Bandstand) who join the ensemble.
The ensemble of Kiss Me, Kate is completed by 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.
The production, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin previews February 14, 2019 prior to an official opening March 14. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 2 at Studio 54.
Kiss Me, Kate features a score by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack. Tony winner Warren Carlyle will choreograph the new production, which will feature music direction by Paul Gemignani, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, and dance arrangements by David Chase.
In 2016, O’Hara, Chase, and Pankow starred in a sold-out benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate, also directed by Ellis.