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Kiss Me, Kate
PREMIERE12/2/1948 — Schubert Theatre
COMPOSERCole Porter   
LIBRETTISTSBella Spewack   Samuel Spewack   
Glimmerglass Festival
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DATETIMELOCATION
7/07/2008--Cooperstown, NY
7/13/2008--Cooperstown, NY
7/24/2008--Cooperstown, NY
7/27/2008--Cooperstown, NY
7/31/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/04/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/08/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/11/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/16/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/19/2008--Cooperstown, NY
8/23/2008--Cooperstown, NY
Synopsis

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.

Kiss Me, Kate was Porter's response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals; it was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics were firmly connected to the script. The musical premiered in 1948 and proved to be Porter's only show to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. In 1949, it won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
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This work ranks as the #51 most produced North American title since 2000.
Alternate Titles/Spellings
Kiss Me Kate
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