Roundabout Theatre Company presents a star-studded, one-night-only benefit concert staging of Kiss Me, Kate December 12. Sam and Bella Spewack and Cole Porter’s musical comedy is brought back to life starring Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Lilli Vanessi and Will Chase as Fred Graham.
The benefit concert reading is performed at 7 PM at Studio 54.
The evening is directed by Scott Ellis with a principal cast that also includes Norm Lewis as Harrison Howell, Robert Fairchild as Bill, Heléne Yorke as Lois, Chuck Cooper as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Richard Kind as Gangster, and John Pankow as Gangster.
In the 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate, two divorced and egocentric performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew.
The cast also includes Amber Iman, James Lane, Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Nathan Keen, Michael Lowney, Marissa McGowan, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, and Aaron Ramey.
The evening features music direction by Patrick Vaccariello and choreography by Warren Carlyle. The creative team also includes David Rockwell (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), and John Barrett (hair and make-up design).
Proceeds from the concert will support Roundabout Theatre Company’s extensive programs and initiatives, including the Musical Theatre Fund, which has allowed Roundabout to produce acclaimed musicals like the Tony-winning She Loves Me—which was also presented as a benefit concert in 2011 starring O’Hara prior to its Broadway revival. Another alum, Chase, returns to Roundabout after his Tony-nominated turn in 2012’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Visit roundabouttheatre.org/kissmekate for more information.