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Kiss Me Kate Details
Kiss Me, Kate is widely known as the play within a play, following the backstage drama of its cast as they perform Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Focusing on the angst between the director and the play’s leading lady, who are divorced. Throw in a couple of gangsters that hold the cast hostage for a bad gambling debt, and you have a wild ride that has audiences intrigued from the start. Kiss Me, Kate was a glowing success, winning the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical (1949). It has won more than a dozen Tony Awards between its premiere in 1949 and 2000 and has been performed by theater companies the world over. Back for its third Broadway revival in 2019, Kiss Me, Kate has delighted audiences of all ages for 70 years. The first two revivals earned several theatrical awards between them, and this 70th Anniversary revival is expected to follow in the show’s footsteps.
The 2019 revival of Kiss Me, Kate is Directed by Scott Ellis. Kiss Me, Kate is one of two Broadway revivals the successful director has for audiences in 2019. A veteran of stage productions for more than three decades, Ellis has been nominated for several theatrical awards during his career. Some of Ellis’ most notable wins include the 1994 Outer Critics Circle Award (She Loves Me), and two Drama Desk Awards (The World Goes Round and A Little Night Music), all three for Outstanding Director of a Musical.
Broadway goers young and old will enjoy the score of Kiss Me, Kate written and composed by Cole Porter. The soundtrack includes two of Porter’s most recognized songs, “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and “Too Darn Hot.” Beginning his musical training at the tender age of six, Cole Porter was a powerhouse on stage and screen. Kiss Me, Kate was one of Porter’s biggest successes during his illustrious career, with over 1,000 shows during its original run on Broadway. The 1949 original cast recording of the soundtrack has been inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, adding to Cole Porter’s legacy and ensuring the generations to come will be able to enjoy this timeless classic.
Kiss Me, Kate Dates
The revival of Kiss Me, Kate opened at Studio 54, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The first preview on February 14, 2019, with Kiss Me, Kate officially launching on March 14, 2019. Show days and times vary, but Kiss Me, Kate typically shows Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm, plus 2 pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday and a 3 pm matinee on Sunday.
Kiss Me, Kate Target Audience
Kiss Me, Kate is considered appropriate for all audiences, but does have some mature content and may not be suitable for children under 10. Parents should note that children under 4 are not permitted in the theater.
Kiss Me, Kate Runtime
Kiss Me, Kate’s official runtime is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission. As with any live show, it could run slightly shorter or slightly longer.