Actor Wayne Brady attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City

Actor Wayne Brady attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City

*“Let’s Make A Deal” host Wayne Brady will star with Merle Dandridge (Spamalot) in the Pasadena Playhouse season opener, a revival of Cole Porter’s 1951 Shakespeare-inspired, Kiss Me, Kate.

Staged by longtime artistic director Sheldon Epps, the production “will view the work through a new lens to showcase the trailblazing African-American actors and entertainers of the early 20th century,” according to a statement from the group.

For this quintessential backstage musical revolving around a production of the Bard of Avon’s The Taming Of The Shrew, Brady will play the dual roles of actor Fred/character Petruchio opposite the actress Lily/character Kate of Dandridge, best known for her Broadway turn as the Lady of the Lake in the Mike Nichols production of Spamalot.

The production will run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 12, with the press opening on Sept. 21.