NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance today announced it will present the musical Kiss Me, Kate on February 4–8, 2016. The show features music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Sam and Bella Spewack. William Wesbrooks directs.
Cole Porter’s most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate was the first ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. The story follows the action, on stage and off, during the opening night of a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in which a divorced couple are playing the leads. Backstage complications, romantic and otherwise, accumulate and spill onto the stage of the musical-within-a-musical. The initial Broadway production of Kiss Me, Kate ran for more than 1,000 performances, and the show has enjoyed repeated revivals in London and on Broadway. Its many enduring songs include “Too Darn Hot,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” and “So in Love.”
NYU’s production of Kiss Me, Kate runs February 4–6 at 8 p.m., February 7 at 3 p.m., and February 8 at 8 p.m. at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, located at 35 West 4th Street. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. The performance on Monday, February 8, is a special “Industry” performance, where attendees presenting a union card (AEA, SDC, USA, SAG) will be admitted free. For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at tickets.nyu.edu, call the box office at 212.998.4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.
Kiss Me, Kate features music direction by Michael Ricciardone, associate direction and choreography by MK Lawson, scenic design by Josh Smith, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, costume design by Michelle Humphrey, and sound design by Benjamin Furiga. The production stage manager is Danielle Teague-Daniels. The cast features NYU Steinhardt students Richard Albin, Jan Bastel, Colten Blair, Stella Boonshoft, James Buhse, Jack Buxton, Dongyang Fei, Jack Flatley, Christian Hopper, Jillian Jameson, Taylor Johnson, Julia Kershetsky, Alia Munsch, Gabrielle Navetta, Martavius Parrish, Madeline Raube, Chad Schultze, Allie Short, Philip Skinner, Chelsea Smith, Zachary Tallman, Sarah Treanor, Joseph Valle-Hoag, Jenn Wais, Parker Wallis, and Dexter Warren.