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A new production of Cole Porter’s sparkling 1948 musical of warring lovers. While putting on a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a pair of exes, Fred Graham (Will Chase) and Lilli Vanessi (Kelli O’Hara), can’t decide if they’re enraged, enamored, or enormously confused whenever they cross paths out of character.


Studio 54


March 14, 2019


Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers, Steve Dow


The original production of Kiss Me, Kate was the first show ever to win a Tony Award as Best Musical. It was also the first Cole Porter musical in which his songs were thoroughly integrated into the show’s storyline. This version of the musical includes additional material by Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody).

The couple at the heart of the show are said to be based loosely on Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, a husband-and-wife team who performed as Petruchio and Katharina in a 1935 Broadway production of The Taming of the Shrew. Their offstage battles were legendary. Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is named in their honor.


This is the fourth Broadway production of the Cole Porter/Sam and Bella Spewack musical. The show premiered in 1948 and was previously revived on Broadway in 1952 and 1999. The musical spawned a 1953 feature film and at least four television versions.