Mason, Rebold, Hemann to Star in Village Light Opera Group's Kiss Me, Kate

News   Mason, Rebold, Hemann to Star in Village Light Opera Group's Kiss Me, Kate
Casting has been announced for the Village Light Opera Group's upcoming production of Kiss Me, Kate.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Spinosa, the classic Cole Porter musical will play The Fashion Institute of Technology's Haft Auditorium April 25-26 and May 1-3.

The cast will feature Karen Mason as Lilli/Kate, Bruce Rebold as Fred/Petruchio, BJ Hemann as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Amanda Marcheschi as Lois/Bianca. (Editor's note: The Karen Mason playing Lilli is not the Broadway star of Mamma Mia! and Hairspray but another actress with the same name.)

Kiss Me, Kate, according to press notes, "is a delightful marriage of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew with one of Cole Porter's most memorable and beloved scores. It tells the story of the embattled Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, formerly husband and wife, who are now playing Petruchio and Katherine in a musical version of the Shakespearean battle of the sexes. Tensions between the ex-couple are brought to a boil by Fred's relationship with the sexy ingénue Lois (who plays Bianca), who is also involved with hoofer Bill Calhoun (playing Bianca’s love interest, Lucentio). Life and art intersect to create chaos and romance on a grand scale, both onstage and off."

Porter's score includes "Too Darn Hot," "Another Op’nin’, Another Show," "So in Love," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "Wunderbar" and "Tom, Dick or Harry."

Musical director Debbie Litwak will conduct a full orchestra. Show times are April 25, May 1-2 at 8 PM and April 26 and May 3 at 2 PM.

Tickets, priced $20-$45, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. Fashion Institute of Technology's Haft Auditorium is located at 227 West 27th Street in Manhattan.

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