Location Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Events at Pasadena Playhouse
The Cole Porter Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate” starring Wayne Brady opens the Playhouse’s 2014-2015 season. The classic of American musical theatre explores a mythical theater company’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The show includes classic songs including “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Brush up Your Shakespeare.” Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps directs. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 12. Tickets are $47 to $87, with premium seating available for $125.
A live jazz concert by the Brina Simon Trio and performance of “Kiss Me, Kate” benefit the production of the upcoming documentary “But Can She Play?” The documentary, directed and produced by Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn features stories of noted female jazz musicians who challenged gender bias while living their dreams. The concert starts at 7 p.m., followed by the play at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75, available on the Web site.
The Playhouse honors actress Diahann Carroll as 2014 recipient of the Diversity Award during the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraiser. A reception starts at 3:30 p.m., with the presentation to Carroll at 4:45 p.m. followed by a performance of “Kiss Me, Kate” at 5 p.m. Tickets are $250, including the performance and a post-performance party.