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Kiss Me, Kate   

New Century Theatre, (12/30/1948 - 7/28/1950)
Shubert Theatre, (7/31/1950 - 7/28/1951)
First Preview: Total Previews:
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
Cast
Alfred Drake
Fred Graham / Petruchio
(Dec 03, 1948 - Jun 03, 1950)
Patricia Morison
Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
(Dec 03, 1948 - Jun 03, 1950)
Lisa Kirk
Lois Lane / Bianca
Harold Lang
Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Tom Bole
Singing Ensemble
Mark Breaux
Dancer
George Cassidy
Singing Ensemble
John Castello
Dancer
Haberdasher
"Taming of the Shrew" player
Harry Clark
First Man
Edwin Clay
Gremio (First Suitor)
"Taming of the Shrew" player
Fred Davis
Specialty Dancer
Jack Diamond
Second Man
Ann Dunbar
Dancer
Victor Duntiere
Dancer
Shirley Eckl
Dancer
Peggy Ferris
Singing Ensemble
Herb Fields
Singing Ensemble
Lorenzo Fuller
Paul
Florence Gault
Singing Ensemble
Noel Gordon
Singing Ensemble
Denis Green
Harrison Howell
Annabelle Hill
Hattie
Thomas Hoier
Harry Trevor / Baptista
Jean Houloose
Dancer
Gay Laurence
Singing Ensemble
Bill Lilling
Stage Doorman
Allan Lowell
Singing Ensemble
Ethel Madsen
Singing Ensemble
Don Mayo
Ralph
Stage Manager
Paul Olson
Dancer
Helen Rice
Singing Ensemble
Stan Rose
Singing Ensemble
Ingrid Secretan
Dancer
Eddie Sledge
Specialty Dancer
Matilda Strazza
Singing Ensemble
Gisella Svetlik
Dancer
Jean Tachau
Dancer
Glen Tetley
Dancer
Rudy Tone
Dancer
Charles Wood
Singing 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 Show Hattie and The Company
Why Can't You Behave Lois Lane / Bianca
Wunderbar Fred Graham / Petruchio and Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
So in Love Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
We Open in Venice Fred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine, Lois Lane / Bianca and Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Tom, Dick or Harry Lois Lane / Bianca, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio, Gremio (First Suitor) and Hortensio (Second Suitor)
I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua Fred Graham / Petruchio and The Men
I Hate Men Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
Were Thine That Special Face Fred Graham / Petruchio
Cantiamo D'Amore Lois Lane / Bianca, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio and The Ensemble
Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine and The Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Too Darn Hot Paul and Specialty Dancers
Where Is the Life That Late I Led? Fred Graham / Petruchio
Always True to You (In My Fashion) Lois Lane / Bianca
Bianca Bill Calhoun / Lucentio and The Ensemble
So in Love (Reprise) Fred Graham / Petruchio
Brush Up Your Shakespeare First Man and Second Man
I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise) Fred Graham / Petruchio, Lilli Vanessi / Katharine and The Company