Kiss Me Kate Revival Targets B'way, Spring 1999

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If High Society keeps its audience at the St. James Theatre, perhaps there'll be two Cole Porter musicals on Broadway this season.

If High Society keeps its audience at the St. James Theatre, perhaps there'll be two Cole Porter musicals on Broadway this season.

Producer Roger Berlind intends to revive 1948's Kiss Me Kate for spring 1999, according to Theatrical Index (June 8).

On June 10 a Berlind spokesperson told Playbill On-Line, "Roger is planning on doing it, but that's all we have to say right now." The spokesperson would not confirm or deny the Theatrical Index listing of Michael Blakemore (The Life) as director. Reached July 6, the spokesperson said the status was the same, with nothing new to report.

Kiss Me Kate takes its cue from William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, with dueling actors echoing Kate and Petruchio of the original. Porter penned Kate's score, Sam & Bella Spewack wrote the book.

A Broadway revival has been discussed on and off for years. For a long time Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters were rumored for the leads -- to the point where Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!, the Off-Broadway parody revue, did a song about it. In his "Musicals on Disc" column for Playbill On-Line, Ken Mandelbaum has said Dee Hoty has been mentioned for the lead. So far, however, no casting has been announced officially for the 1999 production.

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