The ceremony will be hosted by Lara Teeter, who earned a 1983 Tony nomination for his work in On Your Toes. Teeter, who also serves as the head of Webster University's musical theatre department, will perform during the awards evening.
In addition to Mitchell, St. Louis City mayor Francis Slay and artist Mary Engelbreit will be among the evening's 18 presenters.
Numerous Broadway folk — including Kate Baldwin, Catherine Brunell, Jennifer Cody, David Elder, Julie Foldesi, Michael Halling, Leah Hocking, Jeff McCarthy, Ken Page, Julie Tolivar and Keith Tyrone — are among the nominated actors who have appeared in productions in the St. Louis area.
The St. Louis production of Altar Boyz earned Kline Award nominations for both Stafford Arima and Christopher Gattelli, who repeated their duties from the Off-Broadway hit. Gemze de Lappe (2007 Tony Award Honor for Excellence in Theater) was nominated for re-creating Agnes De Mille's choreography for Oklahoma! at the Muny.
The Stages St. Louis productions of Crazy for You picked up nominations for Tolivar and Elder, The Full Monty for Halling and Tyrone, and A Little Night Music for Foldesi. Muny nominees include McCarthy, Page and Kaarina for Les Misérables, Brunell and Hocking for Oklahoma!, Baldwin for The Pajama Game and Cody for her roles in both Pajama Game and Hello, Dolly! The third annual Kevin Kline Awards will be directed by Rob Ruggiero (Off-Broadway's Make Me a Song), and include performances from nominated productions including Altar Boyz, Crazy for You, The Full Monty, Les Misérables, A Little Night Music and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
The Kevin Kline Awards will be presented at 7 PM on March 31 at the Loretto-Hilton Center. For a complete list of nominees and tickets to the awards ceremony visit www.kevinklineawards.org.