In September 2009, New York University's Program in Vocal Performance presented Kiss of the Spider Woman, based on the Manuel Puig novel El Beso de la Mujer Araña. The production was directed by John Simpkins, with music direction by Stan Tucker and choreography by Jennifer Werner. The cast and orchestra featured undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Winner of the 1993 Tony Award for Best Broadway Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman turns an otherwise haunting tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with fantasies. Cell-mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is a homosexual serving time for sexually deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss.