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The original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate opened on December 30, 1948 and ran for an impressive 1,077 performances. It was the first musical to win a Tony Award and the first Broadway production to be recorded as a long playing album. Often hailed by theatre historians as one of the top four or five best-crafted musicals from Broadway's 'Golden Era'. No doubt one of the key reasons for its enormous popularity and critical praise is Cole Porter's masterful score.
The inspiration for Kiss Me, Kate was a legendary Shubert production of The Taming of the Shrew that starred the husband and wife team Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, considered the greatest acting couple in American history. Their notorious backstage squabbles were the stuff of which those great theatre stories are based of, at least in this case, a Broadway musical! Producing a musical of this magnitude would tax the most experienced theatre company, but it is with great pride that this particular production has been accomplished – another example of the considerable talents of the faculty and students of the Music Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre Production Programs here at Sheridan.
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Bella & Samuel Spewack.
Director: Greg Peterson
Choreographer: Carol Forrest
Musical Director: John Kerr
Sheridan Hall, Sheridan
Fred Graham: Blaine Totten
Lilli Vanessi: Anjali Hardie
Bill Calhoun: Phillip Nero
Lois Lane: Sarah Dawn Connell
Paul: David Lopez
Hattie: Marion Abbott and Nicole Renee Hechavarria
Gunman #1: Peter Deiwick
Gunman #2:Michael Walmsley
Harry Trevor: Joe Morris
Harrison Howell: Craig Evans
Ralph: Noah Henne
Conductor: Craig Evans
Cab Driver: Daniel Stemer
Doctor: Tayt Purdy
Nurse #1: Chilina Joelle Kennedy
Nurse #2: Shannon Kingsbury
Truck Driver: Billy Poulin
Messenger: Daniel Stemer
Chauffeur: Tayt Purdy
Banker: Lucas Bryant
Kiss Me Kate, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre
Theatre and Performance Studies
Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
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Theatre Sheridan, "Kiss Me Kate, February 10 – 27, 1999" (1999). Theatre Sheridan Productions. 68.
Peterson, G. (Director). (1999, February 10 - 27). Kiss me Kate [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.