The world-premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical will run May 23–June 18 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre prior to an expected Broadway arrival this fall.
Drew Gehling plays Joe Bradley, the role originated by Gregory Peck in the 1953 film. Stephanie Styles will star opposite him as Princess Ann—played on screen by Audrey Hepburn.
Roman Holiday, featuring a book by Paul Blake (who also co-produces alongside Mike Bosner) and Emmy winners Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman, incorporates several Porter tunes—including “Night and Day” and “Easy to Love”—to tell the story of a young European princess and the American reporter who inadvertently aids in her escape from a whirlwind European tour, resulting in an unforgettable 24 hours in Italy’s capital.
The creative team comprises set designer Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Sven Ortel (projection design), David Brian Brown (wig and hair design), Todd Ellison (music supervision and arrangements), Larry Blank (orchestrations), Mark Hummel (dance arrangements), and Alex Sanchez (choreography).
The musical premiered in 2001 at the Muny in St. Louis. The Guthrie Theater presented a subsequent production in 2012.
Tickets, starting at $55, are available online at shnsf.com.