Brent Barrett, currently starring as Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway, is expected to assume Kiss Me Kate's lead role of Fred Graham. The production opens in the West End at Victoria Palace on 30 October 2001 and is directed by Michael Blakemore. Barrett also starred in the Broadway revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and his other recent New York work includes Brigadoon and Candide. He has also performed as a soloist under Sir Simon Rattle's direction and has numerous recordings to his credit. Barrett's co-star in Kiss Me Kate is expected to be Marin Mazzie who will make her West End debut. Mazzie has received three Tony Award nominations, including one for her Broadway roles in Kiss Me Kate which she will reprise in London. The show is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, wherein two gangsters try to extract debts from a man performing in a musical version of the play.