Cole king of H’wood again

'Kiss Me Kate' opens at Shubert

HOLLYWOOD — Theatergoers had a chance to brush up their Shakespeare at Friday’s preem of “Kiss Me, Kate” at the Shubert in Century City.

“This is such a peculiar show in that all of the chorus people really are parts of the show; they have to act as well as dance and sing. Everybody does everything,” said producer Roger Berlind at the St. Regis after-party.

“I think Fred Graham is the finest role for a man in musicals,” Rex Smith said of his leading role.

Co-star Rachel York, who worked with director Michael Blakemore in her Broadway debut in “City of Angels,” praised him, saying: “He taught me comic timing. It’s such a joy to work with him.”

Smith jokingly added, “He’s such a great director, it’s actor-proof.”

However, Blakemore is preparing for a London production of “Kiss Me, Kate” and missed the preem.

Attending the fete were James Avery, Kristin Chenoweth, Barbara Eden, Marilu Henner, Ann Miller, Patricia Morison, who originated the role of Kate on Broadway, Carl Reiner, Tom Poston and Suzanne Pleshette, Charlotte Rae, John Raitt, Jo Anne Worley and Esther Williams.

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