Brian Stokes Mitchell, of Kiss Me, Kate, will pursue the life that late he led Jan. 18-27, when he takes a vacation from the hit Broadway musical.
During Mitchell's respite, Merwin Foard, who stepped in for Mitchell for several performances recently when flu struck the company, will play egomaniacal actor-director Fred Graham to Marin Mazzie's Lilli Vanessi.
Foard, a veteran of Broadway's 1776, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, and many tours and regional stagings, is the standby for both Mitchell and Ron Holgate, who plays Mazzie's other love interest, Harrison Howell.
Previews for the revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate began Oct. 25, 1999, and official opening was Nov. 19, 1999. For ticket information to Kiss Me, Kate, call (212) 239-6200.