Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Kiss Me, Kate Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Musical - Revival
  • Kiss Me, Kate is 135 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 14, 2019
  • Show Opened : March 14, 2019
  • Show Closed: June 30, 2019

This classic comedy tells the story of a theatre company putting on a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway Background

Kiss Me, Kate is back on Broadway after nearly a twenty year hiatus! This classic comedy tells the story of a theatre company putting on a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The show's narcissistic director and producer, Fred, and the star of the show, his movie star ex-wife, Lilli, must find a way to work together despite unresolved feelings, a love triangle, and unsettled gambling debts.

Kiss Me, Kate was written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack (Leave It To Me!, My Three Angels), with music and lyrics by Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Fifty Million Frenchmen). The show was inspired by legendary Broadway husband-and-wife actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Broadway producer Saint Subber observed the on-and-off stage disputes of the Lunt-Fontanne’s during their 1935 production of The Taming of the Shrew. More than a decade later he approached the Spewack’s, who were facing their own marital difficulties, to write the show. Bella started the project solo, but eventually enlisted her husband’s help and they finished the book together. The show made its Broadway debut in 1948 and won five Tony Awards, including the first award for Best Musical. The musical was revived on Broadway in 1999 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

What's Kiss Me, Kate Like?

Kiss Me, Kate cleverly weaves comedy and levity into an otherwise uncomfortable story of a divorced couple working together. The show brilliantly uses excerpts of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare to set the comic tone. The audience is also introduced to another squabbling couple. One of the other actresses, Lois, is struggling with her relationship after her gambling addict boyfriend gets into trouble with gangsters, who end up onstage during the show demanding Fred repay the debt. Shakespeare's onstage passion translates backstage for these actors as Fred falls for Lois. Cole Porter is at his best with hit songs such as "Too Darn Hot" and "So In Love."

Is Kiss Me, Kate Good for Kids?

This show is perfectly fine for children, although under 10's are not going to understand the majority of the jokes. Obviously children under 4 years are not allowed in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Studio 54 Theatre

254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 922
Entrance: 54th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

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Cast Members

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine
Kelli O'Hara
Fred Graham/Petruchio
Will Chase
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio
Corbin Bleu
Harrison Howell
Terence Archie
Harry Trevor
Mel Johnson Jr
James T Lane
Lois Lane/Bianca
Stephanie Styles
Adrienne Walker


Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

Samuel Spewack + Bellla Spewack
Music + Lyrics
Cole Porter
Scott Ellis
Warren Carlyle
David Rockwell
Jeff Mahshie
Donald Holder
Brian Ronan
Musical Direction
Paul Gemignani

Creative Team

General Manager
Sydney Beers
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan at Roundabout Theatre Company
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