Kiss Me, Kate

Musical - Original

New Century Theatre (December 30, 1948 - July 28, 1950)
Shubert Theatre (July 31, 1950 - July 28, 1951)
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  • Opening Date: December 30, 1948
  • Closing Date: July 28, 1951
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 1077

Lyrics: Cole Porter

Music: Cole Porter

Book: Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack


Two divorced — and flamboyantly egocentric — performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew in Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack's tribute to the theatre, in all its greasepaint and glory.


Opening Night Cast

Alfred Drake in Kiss Me, Kate Alfred Drake Fred Graham / Petruchio
Patricia Morison in Kiss Me, Kate Patricia Morison Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
Lisa Kirk Lois Lane / Bianca
Harold Lang Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Thomas Hoier Harry Trevor / Baptista
Annabelle Hill Hattie
Lorenzo Fuller Paul
Harry Clark First Man
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Bella Spewack Book
  Sam Spewack Book
Cole Porter Cole Porter Music
Cole Porter Cole Porter Lyrics
  John C. Wilson Director
  John C. Wilson Staging
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1949 Best Musical Cole Porter
Bella Spewack
Sam Spewack

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1949 Book of a Musical Bella Spewack
Sam Spewack
1949 Costume Design of a Musical Lemuel Ayers Winner
1949 Musical Cole Porter
Bella Spewack
Sam Spewack
Arnold Saint-Subber
Lemuel Ayers
1949 Producer of a Musical Lemuel Ayers
Arnold Saint-Subber
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