EXCLUSIVE: Complete Casting Announced for Muny Kiss Me, Kate

News   EXCLUSIVE: Complete Casting Announced for Muny Kiss Me, Kate
 
Casting is now complete for the upcoming production of the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre. A host of Broadway actors will be featured.

Curtis Holbrook
Curtis Holbrook

Directed by John Going with choreography by Liza Gennaro, performances are scheduled for June 27-July 3.

The cast will be headed by Tom Hewitt as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Joneal Joplin as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Andrea Chamberlain as Lois Lane/Bianca, Kenny Metzger as Ralph/Stage Manager, Lisa Vroman as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine, Zoe Vonder Haar as Hattie/Lilli's Maid, Rich Pisarkiewicz as John/Stage Doorman, Max Kumangai as Paul/Fred's Dresser, Patrick Ross as Cab Driver, Curtis Holbrook as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Conrad John Schuck as First Gunman, Lee Roy Reams as Second Gunman, James Anthony as Harrison Howell, Eric Santagata as Gremio, Andy Jones as Hortensio, Patrick Ross as Haberdasher and R.J. Brown, Nick Leos and Jack Sippel as Petruchio's Servants. Nick Leos is the dance captain.

The ensemble includes Amy Michele Allen, Karin Berutti, Amy Blackman, Michele Burdette-Elmore, Will Burton, Ashley Krupinski, Graydon Long, Samantha Massell, Alexandra Matteo, Kenny Metzger, Jordan Newmark, Kelly O'Neill, Rich Pisarkiewicz, Cara Salerno, James Tolbert, Jeanne Trevor, Zoe Vonder Haar, Lindsey Warren and Chelsea Wilson.

Loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate originally opened at Broadway's New Century Theatre on Dec. 30, 1948. Featuring a score by Cole Porter and a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, Kate ran 1,077 performances. The original cast included Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang. The classic Porter score includes such tunes as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "Why Can't You Behave?," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick or Harry," "I Hate Men" and "Where Is the Life that Late I Led?"

The creative team also features music director Ben Whiteley, production stage manager Harold Goldfaden, assistant stage manager Suzie Bonnot, lighting designer F. Mitchell Dana, sound designer Jason Krueger and set designer Steven Gilliam. Paul Blake produces; associate producer is Mike Bosner.

The remainder of the season includes Disney's The Little Mermaid, July 6-14; Singin' in the Rain, July 18-24; Little Shop of Horrors, July 25-31; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Aug. 1-7; and Bye Bye Birdie, Aug. 8-14.

This season marks Paul Blake's last as executive producer of The Muny. Mike Isaacson will succeed Blake beginning with the 2012 season at the St. Louis theatre. Blake has served as executive producer of The Muny since 1990.

For more information about The Muny and the 2011 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

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