Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara to preview Valentines Day 2019 for a limited run

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Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara to preview Valentines Day 2019 for a limited run

Roundabout Theater Company have announced further details for the upcoming Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as Kate and Lilli Vanessi. Previews will begin on February 14, 2019 at Studio 54, ahead of an official opening on March 14 and a limited engagement through to June 2, 2019.

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Directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis and choregraphed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.

Kiss Me, Kate features a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, with music & lyrics by Cole Porter, including such classics as “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Always True To You In My Fashion.”

Synopsis: “Kiss Me, Kate tells the story of the staging of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and follows the conflicted relationship (on and off-stage) between the production’s stars – Fred Graham (who also produces and directs) and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.”

Additional casting for the revival will be announced at a later date.

Kiss Me, Kate originally premiered on Broadway in 1948 and went on to win the first-ever Tony Award for “Best Musical” in 1949 and ran for a total of 1,077 performances. The musical enjoyed a short-lived revival at the Broadway Theatre in 1952 and, more recently, at the Martin Beck Theatre from October 1999 through to December 2001, playing a total of 881 performances and winning the Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical”. Roundabout Theatre Company staged a sold-out benefit concert reading of the musical, starring Ms. O’Hara and directed by Scott Ellis, in 2016.

Kelli O’Hara was last seen on Broadway in her Tony Award-winning performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I. She is scheduled to reprise the role at the London Palladium from June 21, 2018. Ms. O’Hara is one of Broadway’s most celebrated performers and prior to her Tony Award win for The King and I, she received a total of five Tony Award nominations – for The Bridges of Madison County (in 2014), Nice Work If You Can Get It (in 2012), South Pacific (in 2008), The Pajama Game (in 2006), and for The Light in the Piazza (in 2005). Her eariler Broadway credits include Dracula the Musical, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, and Jekyll & Hyde.

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