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Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

by Cole Porter, Sam Spewack and Bella Spewack

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Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate




The classic Cole Porter show-within-a-show musical based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.


Story:

An egotistical actor and producer named Fred Graham and his ex-wife, Lili Vanessi, are playing Petruchio and Kate in a production of "Taming of the Shrew." In both the real world and in the play, they bicker and romance in a "battle of the sexes."


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Lyrics for the Musical's Songs



Composer

Composer
Cole Porter

Lyricist

Lyricist
Sam Spewack

Librettist

Librettist
Bella Spewack



  • Premiere
  • 1952
  • 1999
  • 1953 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
New Century Theatre, Shubert Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 30, 1948
Total Performances
1,077
Original Cast
Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk, Harold Lang
Director
John C. Wilson
Choreographer
Hanya Holm
Producer
Saint Subber and Lemuel Ayers
Musical Director
Pembroke Davenport
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Lemuel Ayers
Costume Design
Lemuel Ayers
Lighting Design
Al Alloy

1952 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
Jan 8, 1952
Total Performances
8
Original Cast
Holly Harris, Marilyn Day, Frank Derbas, Nat Burns
Director
John C. Wilson
Choreographer
Hanya Holm
Producer
Saint Subber and Lemuel Ayers
Musical Director
George Hirst
Scenic Design
Lemuel Ayers
Costume Design
Lemuel Ayers

1999 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Martin Beck Theatre
Opening Night
Nov 18, 1999
Total Performances
881
Original Cast
Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Berresse, John Horton
Director
Michael Blakemore
Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall
Producer
Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow
Musical Director
Paul Gemignani
Orchestrations
Don Sebesky
Scenic Design
Robin Wagner
Costume Design
Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design
Peter Kaczorowski

1953 Film Version

Movie Name
Kiss Me Kate
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
George Sidney
Screenplay
Dorothy Kingsley
Starring
Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Other

Merchandise




1949 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Author
Best Composer and Lyricist
Best Costume Design
Best Producer

2000 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Brian Stokes Mitchell
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Orchestrations
Best Costume Design
Best Actress in a Musical - Marin Mazzie
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Michael Berresse
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Lee Wilkof
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Michael Mulheren
Best Scenic Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography

2000 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Brian Stokes Mitchell
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Marin Mazzie
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Michael Mulheren
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Lee Wilkof
Outstanding Choreography

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