Look Back at More Than 70 Years of Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

look-back-at-more-than-70-years-of-kiss-me,-kate-on-broadway

The original production of the classic musical opened at the New Century Theatre December 30, 1948.

The original production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate opened at the New Century Theatre December 30, 1948. Starring Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison, the production would go on to play 1,077 performances—and win the first Best Musical Tony Award—before closing on July 28, 1951.

With a book by Bella and Sam Spewack, Kiss Me, Kate tells the story of two divorced and flamboyantly egocentric performers, who find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew.

Look Back at More Than 70 Years of Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

Look Back at More Than 70 Years of Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

21 PHOTOS

Kiss Me, Kate Playbill - Jan 1949


Kiss Me, Kate, 1948


Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake, Lisa Kirk, and Harold Lang in Kiss Me, Kate.


Patricia Morison and Alfred Drake, pictured here with original Kiss Me, Kate Broadway co-stars Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang


Kiss Me, Kate Playbill - Opening Night


Kiss Me, Kate, 1999


in <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/5b61bbf/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F66%2F92%2F1dc3354e43eea0f07a639070f28a%2Fskm-c554e19123011460-0001.jpg” data-url=”5″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
            <span><br />
                Marin Mazzie in <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i></p>
<p>                    <span>Joan Marcus</span></p>
<p>            </span><br />
        </figcaption></figure>
</p></div>
<div>
<figure>
<p>    <img alt=Kiss Me, Kate” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/365f2c0/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F30%2F49%2F5ea283004de583fa7214146a4fff%2Fskm-c554e19123011470-0001.jpg” data-url=”6″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Amy Spanger, Michael Berresse, Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and cast of Kiss Me, Kate

Joan Marcus


Brian Stokes Mitchell in<i> Kiss Me, Kate</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/d2aeea0/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F0b%2Fc3%2Fe563a9264e7bbf282b5da6a9e346%2Fbsmkissmekatenyt.jpg” data-url=”7″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
            <span><br />
                Brian Stokes Mitchell in<i> Kiss Me, Kate</i></p>
<p>                    <span>Joan Marcus</span></p>
<p>            </span><br />
        </figcaption></figure>
</p></div>
<div>
<figure>
<p>    <img alt=Kiss Me, Kate, 1999″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/1eb4827/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F09%2F62%2F6e70407343fbae9cfd8cb73f80ab%2Fkiss1.jpg” data-url=”8″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Kiss Me, Kate

Joan Marcus


Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/40d4000/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F20%2Fb2%2F69c0314b4ae5aa73f24fb8b16d3d%2Fstokeskmk2.jpg” data-url=”9″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
            <span><br />
                Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i></p>
<p>            </span><br />
        </figcaption></figure>
</p></div>
<div>
<figure>
<p>    <img alt=Kiss Me, Kate Playbill – Opening Night” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/d0d1890/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fac%2F33%2Fa74d024d475f933f3f9380ae88e9%2Fkiss-me-kate-playbill-2019-02-14-web.jpg” data-url=”10″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Kiss Me, Kate, 2019


Kiss Me Kate_Broadway_Roundabout Theatre Company_Production Photos_2019_X_HR


Kelli O’Hara in Kiss Me, Kate

Joan Marcus


The musical would return to Broadway in 1999 in a Michael Blakemore-helmed production featuring choreography by Kathleen Marshall. The revival, starring Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell, garnered 12 Tony nominations, winning five, including Best Actor in a Musical for Mitchell and Best Revival of a Musical.

Following a sold-out benefit concert reading, Kiss Me, Kate returned to Broadway at Studio 54, playing a limited engagement from February 14 through June 30, 2019. The Roundabout Theatre Company revival, directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by Warren Carlyle, starred Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase as Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham. The revival earned four Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for O’Hara’s performance.

Related Articles

X