Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE

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The Pasadena Playhouse welcomes Wayne Brady as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which runs from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. Check out a first look at the cast in action below!

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 actors and entertainers of the early 20th century.

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, Armando Yearwood, and Kimberly Moore.

The creative team for KISS ME, KATE also includes: Jeffrey Polk as choreographer, Rahn Coleman as musical director, John Iacovelli as scenic designer, David K. Mickelsen as costume designer, Steven Young as lighting designer, Jon Gotlieb and Jonathan Burke as sound designers, Michael Donovan as casting director, and Lurie Pfeffer as production stage manager.

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets, priced from $47.00 to $87.00, plus premium seats at $125.00, are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org; by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529; or visiting The Pasadena PlayhouseBox Office, Tuesday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday - Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III

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Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Armando Yearwood, Pat Towne, Kimberly Moore, Theresa Murray, Joanna A. Jones, Wayne Brady, Carlton Wilborn, Eric B. Anthony, Saudia Rashed, Jay Donnell, Shamicka Benn-Moser

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Wayne Brady, David Kirk Grant, Merle Dandridge and Brad Blaisdell

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Jay Donnell, Eric B. Anthony, Wayne Brady and Terrance Spencer

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Rogelio Douglas Jr. and Jenelle Lynn Randall

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
The Cast

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
The Cast

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
The Cast

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Joanna A. Jones

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Jay Donnell, Eric B. Anthony, Joanna A. Jones and Terrance Spencer

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Merle Dandridge

Photo Flash: First Look at Wayne Brady, Merle Dandridge and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
Joanna A. Jones and Terrance Spencer



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