Part of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival Season, the cast will feature Lisa Vroman as Lilli Vanessi/Kate, Brad Little as Fred, David Larsen as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Courtney Romano as Lois Lane/Bianca. The company will also include Damian Norfleet as Paul, Michael Mott as First Gangster, Brad Nacht as Second Gangster, Martin C. Hurt as Harry Trevor/Baptista and T.K. Durham as Harrison Howell.
Diane Paulus will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Darren Lee. David Charles Abell will conduct the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra utilizing the production's original 1948 orchestrations.
The creative team will also include set designer John Conklin, costume designer Anka Lupes and lighting designer Jane Cox.
Kiss Me, Kate will run in repertory with three other works linked to Shakespeare: Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Wagner's Das Liebesverbot and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
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 Glimmerglass Opera 2008 Festival Season runs July 5-Aug. 24. Subscriptions are now on sale; single tickets go on sale March 10. For tickets and more information visit glimmerglass.org or call (607) 547-2255.