“Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’Sunday.”

It’s “another opening of another show” with Kiss Me, Kate, American musical theatre’s greatest tribute to the Bard. As they try to stage a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks fly on and off stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director and star, and Lilli Vanessi, his leading lady—and ex-wife. Add to the mix passionate young lovers, ingénue Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill, plus a few musically inclined gangsters’ heavies, and the result is a sharp and witty night with some of Cole Porter’s most immortal tunes.

STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, director of Man of La Mancha and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Helen Hayes Award winner) helms Kiss Me, Kate, the winner of the first ever Tony Award® for Best Musical, featuring such classic numbers as “So In Love” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

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Kiss Me, Kate

Nov 17, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

Harman HallMusic and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Directed by Alan Paul
Musicals at the Shakespeare Theatre Company are made possible by the Beech Street Foundation. Kiss Me, Kate is sponsored by the HRH Foundation.

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The Performers
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  • Lilli Vanessi
    Christine Sherrill*
  • Fred Graham
    Douglas Sills*
  • Ensemble
    Eliza Ohman
  • Ensemble
    Jay Adriel*
  • Ensemble
    Kristen Smith
  • Ralph (Stage Manager)
    Christine Sherrill*
  • Ensemble
    Olivia Russell
  • Lois Lane
    Robyn Hurder*

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