Pasadena Playhouse Presents KISS ME, KATE, 9/16-10/12, Save 20% on Tickets

Pasadena Playhouse Presents KISS ME, KATE, 9/16-10/12, Save 20% on Tickets

Pasadena Playhouse presents Kiss Me, Kate from Sept. 16 to Oct. 12. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, and directed by Sheldon Epps.

KISS ME, KATE represents the legendary Cole Porter at his very best. It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre- - both onstage and off. The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, - using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African- American touring troupes of the early 20th century. Those "groups of traveling players" that brought the work of the Bard not just to New York City, but to theatres all over the country. Many of the most famous actors of our time owe much to those pioneers, who included such as Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Jane White, and Dorothy Van Eangle. Those brave actors such as those brought literal "color" to great classical roles, opened doors for others, and represent the high style and theatricality that have always been embodied in Porter's masterpiece.

Tickets* are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org or by calling 626-356-7529.

Also starring Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate.

Joining Brady and Dandridge are KISS ME, KATE principal cast members: 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 #1, 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.

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*Code EL20 is valid for 20% off tickets to KISS ME, KATE. Offer expires Sun. October 12, 2014 at 7pm and is good on all performances excluding Sunday, Sept. 21. Discount is available on all seats excluding ROW C. All seats are best available. Offer not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer. All tickets are subject to availability. Service charges and theatre restoration fee apply to all orders.

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