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Kiss Me, Kate   

New Century Theatre, (12/30/1948 - 7/28/1950)
Shubert Theatre, (7/31/1950 - 7/28/1951)
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Opening Date: Dec 30, 1948    
Closing Date: Jul 28, 1951 Total Performances: 1077

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Ford's Theatre, Baltimore. June 1948.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned by The Shubert Organization; Theatre Operated by the Trebuhs Realty Co., Inc.
Produced by Saint Subber and Lemuel Ayers
Musical Director: Pembroke Davenport; Music by Cole Porter; Lyrics by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack; Based on "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare; Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett; Incidental Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot
Staged by John C. Wilson; Directed by John C. Wilson; Choreographed by Hanya Holm
Scenic Design by Lemuel Ayers; Costume Design by Lemuel Ayers; Lighting Design by Al Alloy
General Manager: C. Edwin Knill
Production Stage Manager: Ward Bishop; Stage Manager: Don Mayo
Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek
Press Representative: George Ross and Dorothy Ross; Dance Captain: Glen Tetley
Alfred DrakeFred Graham / Petruchio
Patricia MorisonLilli Vanessi / Katharine
Lisa KirkLois Lane / Bianca
Harold LangBill Calhoun / Lucentio
Tom BoleSinging Ensemble
Mark BreauxDancer
George CassidySinging Ensemble
John CastelloDancer
"Taming of the Shrew" player
Harry ClarkFirst Man
Edwin ClayGremio (First Suitor)
"Taming of the Shrew" player
Fred DavisSpecialty Dancer
Jack DiamondSecond Man
Ann DunbarDancer
Victor DuntiereDancer
Shirley EcklDancer
Peggy FerrisSinging Ensemble
Herb FieldsSinging Ensemble
Lorenzo FullerPaul
Florence GaultSinging Ensemble
Noel GordonSinging Ensemble
Denis GreenHarrison Howell
Annabelle HillHattie
Thomas HoierHarry Trevor / Baptista
Jean HoulooseDancer
Gay LaurenceSinging Ensemble
Bill LillingStage Doorman
Allan LowellSinging Ensemble
Ethel MadsenSinging Ensemble
Don MayoRalph
Stage Manager
Paul OlsonDancer
Helen RiceSinging Ensemble
Stan RoseSinging Ensemble
Ingrid SecretanDancer
Eddie SledgeSpecialty Dancer
Matilda StrazzaSinging Ensemble
Gisella SvetlikDancer
Jean TachauDancer
Glen TetleyDancer
Rudy ToneDancer
Charles WoodSinging Ensemble
Hortensio (Second Suitor)
"Taming of the Shrew" player
Understudies: Marc Breaux (Haberdasher), George Cassidy (Cab Driver, Stage Doorman), Edwin Clay (Fred Graham / Petruchio), Fred Davis (Paul), Peggy Ferris (Lilli Vanessi / Katharine), Herbert Fields (Hortensio (Second Suitor)), Lorenzo Fuller (Song 'Another Op'nin' Another Show'), Noel Gordon (First Man, Gremio (First Suitor), Ralph, Second Man), Gay Laurence (Lois Lane / Bianca), Allan Lowell (Harry Trevor / Baptista), Don Mayo (Harrison Howell), Matilda Strazza (Hattie) and Rudy Tone (Bill Calhoun / Lucentio)
Tony Award®
winner 1949 Best Musical [winner] 
 Music by Cole Porter ;  Lyrics by Cole Porter ;  Book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack
winner 1949 Author (Musical) [winner] 
 Book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack
winner 1949 Best Composer and Lyricist [winner] 
 Music by Cole Porter ;  Lyrics by Cole Porter
winner 1949 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Lemuel Ayers
winner 1949 Producer (Musical) [winner] 
 Produced by Saint Subber and Lemuel Ayers
music by Cole Porter; lyrics by Cole Porter
ACT 1 Sung By
Another Op'nin' Another ShowHattie and The Company
Why Can't You BehaveLois Lane / Bianca
WunderbarFred Graham / Petruchio and Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
So in LoveLilli Vanessi / Katharine
We Open in VeniceFred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine, Lois Lane / Bianca and Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Tom, Dick or HarryLois Lane / Bianca, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio, Gremio (First Suitor) ("Taming of the Shrew" player) and Hortensio (Second Suitor) ("Taming of the Shrew" player)
I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in PaduaFred Graham / Petruchio and The Men
I Hate MenLilli Vanessi / Katharine
Were Thine That Special FaceFred Graham / Petruchio
Cantiamo D'AmoreLois Lane / Bianca, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio and The Ensemble
Kiss Me, KateFred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine and The Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Too Darn HotPaul and Specialty Dancers
Where Is the Life That Late I Led?Fred Graham / Petruchio
Always True to You (In My Fashion)Lois Lane / Bianca
BiancaBill Calhoun / Lucentio and The Ensemble
So in Love (Reprise) Fred Graham / Petruchio
Brush Up Your ShakespeareFirst Man and Second Man
I Am Ashamed That Women Are So SimpleLilli Vanessi / Katharine
Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise) Fred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine and The Company