This production is just "Too Darn Hot"! Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a 4-week extension for its current Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate!, which began previews at Studio 54 on February 14, 2019, ahead of an official opening on March 14. The limited engagement will now run through to June 30, 2019 (instead of June 2).
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Tickets are on sale now to see Kiss Me, Kate! at Studio 54 on Broadway.
Thanks to Roundabout Theatre Company, Kiss Me, Kate! – the first-ever winner of the Tony Award for “Best Musical” – returns to the Great White Way. This brand new revival of the Cole Porter musical comedy classic plays an extended limited engagement at the iconic Studio 54 from February 14 through to June 30, 2019 and stars Tony Award winner and Broadway favorite Kelli O'Hara.
On December 12, 2016, Roundabout staged a one-night-only benefit concert of Kiss Me, Kate! and enthused fans in attendance hoped that a full-scale production would not be far behind. The concert was directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis and saw Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award nominee Will Chase taking on the roles of the sparring married couple Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham, respectively. The fans’ wishes were granted in November 2017, when Roundabout did indeed announce a fully-staged Broadway revival for the 2018-2019 season. Even better news was that Ms. O’Hara and Mr. Chase had both signed on to reprise their roles for the production, once again under the direction of Scott Ellis. Enlisting Tony Award-winning choreographer Warren Carlyle and “High School Musical” and Broadway alum Corbin Bleu (playing Bill Calhoun) was the cherry on top of the musical cake.
Kiss Me, Kate! features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack (who were reportedly experiencing marital troubles of their own at the time). The husband-and-wife writing team had been approached in 1947 by producer Arnold Saint-Subber who had witnessed the domestic unrest between Alfred Lunt and his wife Lynn Fontanne, both on and off the stage, during a 1935 production of The Taming of the Shrew, inspiring the story of the future musical. The Spewacks, in turn, enlisted Cole Porter to write the score, which would ultimately include such standards as “Too Darn Hot,” “So In Love,” and “Always True To You In My Fashion.”
After a brief, pre-Broadway tryout in Philadelphia, Kiss Me, Kate! officially opened at the New Century Theatre on Broadway on December 30, 1948. The original production, which starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk, and Harold Lang, went on to win the first-ever Tony Award for “Best Musical” in 1949. Indeed, it won all five categories in which it was nominated (including “Best Author (Musical)” for the Spewacks, “Best Original Score” for Cole Porter, “Best Costume Design” for Lemuel Ayers, and “Best Producer of a Musical” for Arnold Saint-Subber and Lemuel Ayers). Since then, Kiss Me, Kate! has enjoyed a brief Broadway revival in 1952 and a 1999 production that became a Tony Award-winning “Best Revival of a Musical” in 2000. The musical has been performed in numerous West End engagements from 1951 to 2018 and was also adapted into a film in 1953, starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
Kiss Me, Kate! tells the story of the staging of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the conflicted relationship (on and off-stage) between the production's stars - Fred Graham (who also produces and directs) and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The musical comedy includes such Cole Porter classics as “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Always True To You In My Fashion.”
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These new production photos are just "Too Darn Hot"! Roundabout Theatre Company has now released official production photos of its current Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate!. Previews began at Studio 54 on February 14, 2019, and an official opening is set for March 14 with the limited engagement running through to June 2, 2019.
"So In Love"? What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with musical theatre's most dysfunctional couple?! Roundabout Theatre Company's eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate! begins previews at Studio 54 tonight, ahead of an official opening on March 14 and a limited engagement through to June 2, 2019.
We are "So In Love" with this news! Broadway alum James T. Lane completes the principal cast for Roundabout Theatre Company's eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate!, taking on the role of Paul. Mr. Lane's previous Broadway and West End credits include The Scottsboro Boys and A Chorus Line. He has also appreared in the Broadway production of Chicago and the National Tours of Jersey Boys, Cinderella, and Fame. He can currently be seen in the Broadway premiere of King Kong.
Corbin Bleu will return to the Great White Way to star in next spring’s eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate!, taking on the dual roles of Lucentio and Bill Calhoun.
Here's some news that is just "Too Darn Hot" for you! After the success of the Roundabout Theatre Company's sold-out benefit concert reading in 2016, the decision has been made to mount a full Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, with both Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara reprising her dual roles of Kate and Lilli Vanessi and eight-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis returning as director. Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle will also serve as choreographer for the revival. Performances are expected to begin in February 2019 at a venue to be confirmed.