KISS ME KATE

September 12 - November 3, 2013

This Cole Porter hit is one of the masterpieces of musical theatre. It offers a host of glorious songs with some dazzling rhymes and a witty script about a former husband-and-wife acting team at war with each other while trying to stage a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

The show, whose original 1948 production won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, scintillates with classic Porter numbers,"Wunderbar", "Always True To You In My Fashion", "Why Can't You Behave", "Too Darned Hot","I Hate Men" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare”.

 

 Kiss Me, Kate opened on Broadway on December 28, 1948 and enjoyed a healthy run of 1,070 performances. It won five Tony wards, including the first ever Tony Award offered for Best Musical in 1949.
Our cast stars: William Michals  as Fred/Petruchio, Christianne Tisdale as Kate/Lilli, Missy Dowse as Lois Lane/Bianca, Brian Ogilve as Bill/Lucentio, Darren Kelly  as Harrison Howell, James Van Treuren  as Harry/Baptista,  Michael Farina and Michael Kubala as the Gangsters.

The Multi-talented ensemble includes; Lauren Cluett, Chris Fishburne, Kyle Erickson Hewitt, Anna Claire Hudgins, Darrell T. Joe, Krista Kurtzberg, Ryan Patrick Lingle, Roger Preston Smith, Bronwyn Tarboton, EricWeaver and Karen Webb.

Our Show is directed and Choreographed by James Brennan, Musical Direction by Leo P. Carusone, Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer. Set design by John Farrell, Costumes by Derek Lockwood, Hair/wig design by Gerard Kelly, Sound Design by Jon Hatton, Lighting Design by Andrew Gmoser, Properties by Grumpy's Props. Victor Lukas is Production Stage Manager.

 

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James Brennan,
(Director). has directed and choreographed the Broadway revivals of Cole Porter’s Jubilee and Jerome Kern’s Sally.  Off-Broadway he directed the premieres of Fanny Hill at the York Theatre and Richard Coreyat the Lion Theatre as well as The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center.  Regionally, he has created productions of Crazy For You (PBS telecast), Kiss Me Kate, She Loves and Oklahoma! for Paper Mill Playhouse;  Into The Woods, and The Sound of Music for Pittsburgh CLO; and Call Me Madam for Goodspeed Musicals.  As an actor, Jim performed on Broadway in Good News, Rodgers and Hart, So Long 174th Street, I Love My Wife, Little Me, 42nd Street, Singin’ In The Rain, Me And My Girl, and Crazy For You.  He toured America in No, No, Nanette, Good News, Me And My Girl, Camelot, and Crazy For You.  

 William Michals (Fred/Petruchio) Broadway debut as The Beast in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and later Gaston in the same production. He starred in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center, as Javert in LES MISÉRABLES, Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Harold Hill in
THE MUSIC MAN, and the title role in PHANTOM, as Chauvelin in the recent national tour of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and Captain vonTrapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. He appears with the leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, San Diego, Utah, and Hartford Symphonies,The New York Pops, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. His credits
extend into the operatic world, in New York, Boston, and in concert at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals.  Favorite roles include Figaro and the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Marcello in Puccini’s LaBohème, Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and the dark Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre

Jeannie Shubitz (Kate/Lilli) is entirely delighted to join the cast of Kiss me, Kate! at WBT. Jeannie most recently appeared as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with the Phoenix Symphony (Ted Sperling, MD) and in The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse.  NYC credits: Mary/Elizabeth in Creation: A Ghost StoryMISIA (Playwrights Horizons).  Favorite regional credits: Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Christine (Phantom), Margaret Johnson (The Light in the Piazza), Magnolia (Show Boat), Marian (The Music Man), Sarah Brown (Guys & Dolls), Philia (Funny Thing...Forum), Evelyn Nesbit (Ragtime), Fiona (Brigadoon), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Miss Dorothy Brown (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance).