Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase to Star in Broadway Revival of 'Kiss Me, Kate'

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Will Chase and Kelli O'Hara

The Roundabout production of the beloved Cole Porter musical, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, will begin performances Feb. 14 at Studio 54.

Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, the sparkling musical comedy that was the first-ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and a score by Cole Porter, the classic show charts the fireworks onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, directed and produced by egotistical Fred Graham, who plays Petruchio opposite his volatile movie-star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi as Kate. Those dual roles are to be played, respectively, by Chase and O'Hara.

The score contains such Porter standards as "Another Op'nin,' Another Show," "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You in My Fashion" and "From This Moment On."

The musical won five Tony Awards for its 1948 premiere production, which played more than 1,000 performances; the show was last seen on Broadway in a hit 1999 revival that ran for two years, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie. That production also won five Tonys, including Best Musical Revival. An MGM screen version, starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, was released in 1953.

Roundabout Theatre Company will produce the 2019 revival after featuring O'Hara and Chase in a 2016 one-night gala performance of the show. Casting of other roles in the upcoming production is to be announced.

O'Hara previously worked with Roundabout on a critically acclaimed 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, in which she starred opposite Harry Connick Jr. That show earned O'Hara the second of six Tony nominations; she scored her first win in 2015, for Lead Actress in a Musical in The King and I.

Chase received a Tony nomination for his role in the 2012 Roundabout revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and was last seen on Broadway in Something Rotten! He played country star Luke Wheeler on ABC's Nashville and can currently be seen on HBO's Sharp Objects and YouTube Red's Impulse.

Director Scott Ellis and choreographer Warren Carlyle, who collaborated on Roundabout's revivals of She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will reunite on Kiss Me, Kate, which begins performances Feb. 14 at Studio 54, with an official opening night set for March 14. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 2.

June 28, 9:00 a.m. Updated with news of Will Chase's casting, theater and opening dates.

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