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Encyclopedia > Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
Original Cast Recording
Music Cole Porter
Lyrics Cole Porter
Book Samuel and Bella Spewack
Based upon Shakespeare's play
The Taming of the Shrew
Productions 1948 Broadway
1951 West End
1953 Film
1958 U.S. Television
1964 U.K. Television
1968 U.S. Television
1999 Broadway revival
2001 West End
2003 U.K. Television 2006
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical
Tony Award Composer and Lyricist
Tony Award for Best Author
Tony Award for Best Revival
Drama Desk Outstanding Revival
Evening Standard for Best Musical
Critics Circle for Best Musical

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Image File history File links Kiss-Me-Kate-stage. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Kiss Me, Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. ... Jan. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // 1940s 1949 Kiss Me, Kate - Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack. ... The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical in that year. ... The Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical is the Tony awarded to the librettist(s) of the musical. ... The Tony Award for Best Revival (Musical) has been awarded since 1994. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... The Evening Standard Awards are presented annually for oustanding achievements in London Theatre. ... The Critics Circle logo The Critics Circle is a professional association of British critics of dance, drama, film, music, visual arts and architecture. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


Kiss Me, Kate was a comeback and a personal triumph for Cole Porter. After several successful musicals in the 1930s, notably Anything Goes, Du Barry Was a Lady, and Panama Hattie, he experienced an equestrian accident in 1937 that left him in constant pain. Following the accident, he continued to write songs and musicals but with limited success, and some thought he was past his prime. Kiss Me, Kate was a response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway.[1] It won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. For other uses, see Anything Goes (disambiguation). ... DuBarry Was a Lady was a 1939 musical with songs by Cole Porter. ... Panama Hattie is a theater musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Herbert Fields and B. G. DeSylva. ... A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein (right), with Irving Berlin (middle) and Helen Tamiris, watching auditions at the St. ... Oklahoma! was the first musical play written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II (see Rodgers and Hammerstein). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...

Contents

Productions

After a 3½ week pre-Broadway tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia starting December 2, 1948, the original Broadway production opened on December 30, 1948 at the New Century Theatre, where it ran for nineteen months before transferring to the Shubert, for a total run of 1,077 performances. Directed by John C. Wilson with choreography by Hanya Holm, the original cast included Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk, Harold Lang, Edwin Clay, Charles Wood, Annabelle Hill, Lorenzo Fuller, Eddie Sledge, Fred Davis, Harry Clark and Jack Diamond. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Century Theatre was a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 932 Seventh Avenue at West 58th Street in midtown Manhattan. ... The Shubert Theatre, 2006. ... John C. Wilson (August 19, 1899 - October 29, 1961) was an American theatre director and producer. ... Look up Choreography in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hanya Holm (1893 – 1992) dancer, choreographer and teacher Holm was one of the pioneers of modern dance. ... Alfred Drake (born Alfred Capurro) (October 7, 1914 - July 25, 1992) is a Broadway theater performer best known for his appearances in the musicals Babes in Arms, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, and Kismet. ... Patricia Morison was born on 19 March 1915 in New York, NY, USA and was a film actress through the 1930s to 1980s as well as having several TV appearances including Cheers. ... Lisa Kirk (February 25, 1925 - November 11, 1990) was an American actress and singer. ... Harold Lang (December 21, 1920 - July 26, 1985) was an American dancer and actor. ...


The original West End production opened on March 8, 1951 at the Coliseum Theatre, and ran for for 400 performances. Directed by Sam Spewack with choreography again by Hanya Holm, this production starred Patricia Morison, Bill Johnson, and Julie Wilson. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The London Coliseum The Coliseum Theatre is one of Londons largest and best equipped theatres, opening in 1904. ... William Manuel Bill Johnson (August 10, 1872_December 3, 1972), United States jazz musician, is considered the father of the slap style of string bass playing. ... On the cover of her Cy Coleman tribute CD Julie Wilson (born October 21, 1924) is an American singer and actress. ...


A Broadway revival opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on November 18, 1999 and closed on December 30, 2001 after 881 performances and 28 previews. Directed by Michael Blakemore and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and Rob Ashford, the opening night cast included Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Amy Spanger, Michael Berresse, Ron Holgate, Lee Wilkof, and Michael Mulheren. This production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Martin Beck Theatre is a notable Broadway theatre in New York. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Michael Blakemore on the cover of his memoir, Arguments with England Michael Howell Blakemore, OBE, (b. ... Kathleen Marshall is a choreographer, director and creative consultant. ... Rob Ashford (born November 19, 1959) is a Tony Award-winning American choreographer. ... Marin Mazzie (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer best known for her work in musical theater. ... Brian Stokes Mitchell (b. ... Amy Spanger is an American actress, singer and dancer. ... Michael Berresse (born August 15, 1964) is an American actor. ... Ronald Holgate (born May 26, 1937, in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is an American actor and opera singer, best known as Richard Henry Lee in the original Broadway production of 1776. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


A West End revival opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on October 30, 2001 and closed on August 24, 2002. As with the 1999 Broadway revival, Michael Blakemore was the director with choreography by Kathleen Marshall. Brent Barrett and Marin Mazzie co-starred. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... The Victoria Palace Theatre during the 2002 season, showing Cole Porters 1948 musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, showing Billy Elliott The Victoria Palace Theatre is a West End theatre in Victoria Street, in the City of Westminster. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Plot

Act I

Egotistical Fred Graham is the director of a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. He and his diva movie-star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi star opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katharine. The pair argue backstage as only people in love can argue. Meanwhile, Fred's girl, Lois Lane, who plays Bianca, is romantically interested in Bill Calhoun, the actor playing Lucentio. But Lois and Bill are also romantically linked. Bill loves to gamble, and it turns out that he has signed Fred's name to a big I.O.U. Also, flowers sent by Fred to Lois mistakenly get delivered to Lilli, and Lilli realizes that she still loves Fred. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


Everyone is in the middle of performing The Taming of the Shrew on stage when Lilli discovers that Fred's flowers were really intended for Lois, and she starts an all-out war mid-performance that threatens the production's success. At the same time, a pair of gangsters have come after Fred to collect the gambling debt, since his name is on the I.O.U. Only a successful show will provide the money that Fred needs to avoid getting his fingers broken. Fred slyly uses the gangsters to prevent the furious Lilli from walking out on the show. The gangsters join the cast to keep an eye on Lilli. Lilli channels her anger into a fierce performance as Katharine, and Fred is forced to spank her as Petruchio.

Act II

After intermission, "The Shrew" progresses as Petruchio marries Katharine and soon misses the single life. The gangsters find out that their boss has been killed, and so the I.O.U. is worthless, and they leave, noting that guys who know Shakespeare can impress the ladies. Lilli quits the show, walking out with her dependable fiance Harrison. On stage, Bianca and Lucentio are finally married. As "The Shrew" comes to a close, Lilli unexpectedly returns to the stage, and speaking as Katharine, she admits her love for Fred. Lilli and Fred are reunited, Lois and Bill come together, and all ends happily.


Film and television

A film version of the same name was released in 1953. There have been at least four television productions, the first on Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1958, with Drake and Morison reprising their Broadway roles, the second recorded for the launch of BBC Two in the UK in 1964, starring Howard Keel, Patricia Morison and Millicent Martin, the third in 1968 with then husband-and-wife team Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, and the fourth in 2003 on Great Performances, a high-definition shot performance of the London revival with Brent Barrett and Rachel York. Kiss Me, Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. ... Hallmark Hall of Fame is a long running anthology program on American television. ... Howard Keel, born Harry Clifford Leek (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004) was an American actor who starred in many of the classic film musicals of the 1950s. ... Patricia Morison was born on 19 March 1915 in New York, NY, USA and was a film actress through the 1930s to 1980s as well as having several TV appearances including Cheers. ... Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedienne. ... Robert Goulet Robert Gerard Goulet (born November 26, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is an American entertainer. ... Carol Lawrence is a musical theater actress, who has also made numerous appearances in film and television. ... Great Performances was a television series devoted to the performing arts which ran on the US television station PBS from 1972. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Rachel York (born Rachel Lemanski on August 7, 1971 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actress and singer. ...


Song list

Act I
  • Another Op'nin', Another Show
  • Why Can't You Behave?
  • Wunderbar
  • So in Love
  • We Open in Venice
  • Tom, Dick or Harry
  • I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua
  • I Hate Men
  • Were Thine That Special Face
  • Cantiamo D'Amore (We Sing of Love)
  • Kiss Me, Kate
Act II
  • Too Darn Hot
  • Where Is the Life That Late I Led?
  • From This Moment On (1999 revival only)
  • Always True to You in My Fashion
  • Bianca
  • So In Love - Reprise
  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare
  • I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple
  • Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)

Why Cant You Behave? is a 1948 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical Kiss Me, Kate, where it was introduced by Lisa Kirk. ... So In Love is a popular song, popularized by Patti Page in 1949. ... Too Darn Hot is one of the best known songs from Cole Porters 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate. ... From This Moment On is a 1951 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical Out of This World, where it was dropped, but included in the 1953 film adaptation of Kiss Me, Kate. ... Always True to You in My Fashion is a 1948 show-tune by Cole Porter, written for the musical Kiss Me, Kate. ...

Awards and Nominations

Original 1948 Production

  • Tony Award for Best Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Producer of a Musical (winner)

1999 Revival What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...

  • Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Brian Stokes Mitchell, winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Marin Mazzie, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Berresse, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Lee Wilkof, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Mulheren, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Scenic Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Lighting Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Orchestrations (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian Stokes Mitchell, winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Marin Mazzie, nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Mulheren and Lee Wilkof, nominees)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (winner)

2001 London Revival Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...

  • Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production (nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Marin Mazzie, nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Brent Barrett, nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Nancy Anderson and Michael Berresse, nominees)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Direction of a Musical (nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography (nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design (nominee)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design (nominee)
  • Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical (winner)
  • Critics Circle Award for Best Musical (winner)

The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ... The Evening Standard Awards are presented annually for oustanding achievements in London Theatre. ... The Critics Circle logo The Critics Circle is a professional association of British critics of dance, drama, film, music, visual arts and architecture. ...

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Inaugural Award
Tony Award for Best Musical
1949
Succeeded by
South Pacific
Preceded by
No Award Given
Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist
1949
Succeeded by
South Pacific
by Richard Rodgers
Preceded by
Inaugural Award
Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical
1949
Succeeded by
South Pacific
by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Preceded by
Annie Get Your Gun
Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
2000
Succeeded by
42nd Street

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Kiss Me, Kate - definition of Kiss Me, Kate in Encyclopedia (282 words)
Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948.
Kiss Me, Kate was a comeback and a personal triumph for Cole Porter.
Kiss Me, Kate was in fact his biggest hit, receiving five Tony awards in 1949 (and again in its revival in 2000), and the only Cole Porter musical to have more than 1,000 performances on Broadway.
Kiss Me, Kate (1063 words)
KISS ME, KATE played for 1,077 performances on Broadway at the New Century Theatre and for 501 performances in London at the Coliseum Theatre.
KISS ME, KATE was revived in 1999 at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway, where it played for 881 performances starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie, and at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, where it played for about 300 performances starring Brent Barrett and Marin Mazzie.
KISS ME, KATE was originally produced in 1948 and has been considered one of Broadway's treasures.
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