Directed by Michael Michetti with choreography by Lee Martino and musical direction by Michael Paternostro, the cast will be headed by Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and Meg Gillentine. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Hewitt will play Fred/Petruchio with Margherita as Lily/Kate and Gillentine as Lois/Bianca.
Jason Alexander, artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company, said in a statement, "Kiss Me, Kate is a battle of the sexes reaching as far back as Shakespeare’s time and magnified through the maniacal egos of two, gigantic theatrical stars vying for top billing, accolades and the upper hand in their own flamboyant relationship."
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?"
Single tickets are available at www.reprise.org or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101.