Roundabout Theatre Company has announced plans for a Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara as Kate/Lilli Vanessi. The production, set for a February 2019 opening at a venue to be announced, will be directed by eight-time Tony nominee and Roundabout's associate artistic director Scott Ellis, with choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle.
O'Hara returns to the Roundabout following her Tony-nominated performance in the company's 2006 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. She also participated in a sold-out benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate in 2016, also directed by Ellis. In addition to The Pajama Game, O'Hara has earned Tony nominations for her performances in The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Bridges of Madison County, and The King and I, for which she won the award in 2015.
Inspired by Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate features a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The show won the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949 and features iconic musical theater tunes including "Too Darn Hot," "So in Love," and "Always True to You in My Fashion."
Additional cast members and creative team will be announced soon.
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