Wayne Brady Will Star in Pasadena Playhouse's Kiss Me, Kate

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25 Jul 2014

Wayne Brady

The multi-Emmy winner Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the 17 person cast of Kiss Me, Kate at Pasadena Playhouse opening Sept. 16.

Directed by Sheldon Epps, the production runs Sept. 16-Oct. 12 and will open the playhouse's season. Also starring is Merle Dandridge (Spamalot, Tarzan) who will play Lily/Kate.

According to press notes, "Kiss Me, Kate represents the iconic composer-lyricist Cole Porter at his very best and includes some of musical theatre’s most famous songs: 'So in Love,' 'Another Op’nin’ Another Show,' 'Too Darn Hot,' and 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare.' It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare (it describes a production of The Taming of the Shrew) and the joys, madness and the rewards of working in the theatre - both onstage and off. The book is by Bella and Samuel Spewack."

Other cast members include Joanna A. Jones as Lois/Bianca, Terrance Spencer as Bill/Lucentio, Jenelle Lynn Randall as Hattie, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Paul, David Kirk Grant as Thug, Danny Stiles as Thug 2, Pat Towne as General Howell and Jay Donnell as Baptista. The ensemble features Eric B. Anthony, Shamicka Benn-Moser, Theresa Murray, Saudia Rashed, Carlton Wilborn and Armando Yearwood.

Jeffrey Polk will serve as choreographer, Rahn Coleman is musical director, John Iacovelli is scenic designer, David K. Mickelsen is costume designer, Steven Young is lighting designer and Jon Gotlieb and Jonathan Burke are sound designers.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. Tickets start at $47.

Visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org for more information.