Joining the previously announced George Dvorsky as Fred Graham will be Nine's Rachel deBenedet as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Minola. Deborah Leamy, who has appeared on Broadway in Never Gonna Dance and Sweet Smell of Success, will be Lois Lane/Bianca, and Saturday Night Fever's Sean Palmer will play Bill Calhoun/Lucentio. David Coffee, who has appeared in several North Shore productions, will play one of the Shakespeare-loving gangsters. Complete casting is expected shortly for Porter classic, which will play the Massachusetts theatre April 27-May 16.
The upcoming mounting of Kiss Me, Kate will feature the Tony-winning costumes designed by Martin Pakledinaz for the 2000 Broadway revival. The remainder of the North Shore creative team includes Alan Coats (director), Tony Geralis (musical director), Lee Wilkins (choreographer), Tal Sanders (scenic designer), David R. Zyla (additional costumes), David Neville (lighting designer), John A. Stone (sound designer) and Matt Schreiber (casting director).
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 recent Tony-winning revival of the musical played 881 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre, Nov. 1999-Dec. 2001; Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell co-starred.
Kiss Me, Kate will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Tickets for the production are now available by calling the theatre's box office at (978) 232 7200 or by going on-line to www.nsmt.org. The North Shore Music Theatre is located in Beverly, MA at 62 Dunham Road.