Drew Gehling, who can currently be seen as Dr. Pomatter in Waitress, will headline the pre-Broadway engagement of Roman Holiday – The Cole Porter Musical. He’s set to play Joe Bradley, the role originated by Gregory Peck in the 1953 film. Stephanie Styles will star opposite him as Princess Ann—played on screen by Audrey Hepburn. They are joined by Tony nominee Jarrod Spector and Sara Chase.
Performances will run from May 23 through June 18 at SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. The production, directed by Marc Bruni, is expected to transfer to New York in the fall.
In addition to Waitress, Gehling’s Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Jersey Boys. Styles appeared Off-Broadway in Kingdom Come and starred as Katherine in the national tour of Newsies. Prior to earning a Tony nomination for his performance in Beautiful, Spector played a record 1,500 performances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Chase can be seen as Cyndee in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; her stage credits include First Date and The Toxic Avenger.
Roman Holiday, featuring a book by Paul Blake (who also co-produces alongside Mike Bosner) and Emmy winners Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman, incorporates several Porter tunes—including “Night and Day” and “Easy to Love”—to tell the story of a young European princess and the American reporter who inadvertently aids in her escape from a whirlwind European tour, resulting in an unforgettable 24 hours in Italy’s capital.
The musical premiered in 2001 at the Muny in St. Louis. The Guthrie Theater presented a subsequent production in 2012.