KISS ME, KATE

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Played at the Shakespeare Theatre from November 2015 through January 2016

Cast:  Fred Graham: Douglas Sills, Lilli Vanessi: Christine Sherrill, Lois Lane: Robyn Hurder, Bill Calhoun: Clyde Alves, First Man: Bob Ari, Second Man: Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Harrison Howell: Patrick Ryan Sullivan, Paul: T. Oliver Reid, Hattie: Zonya Love, Ralph: Bev Appleton, Harry Trevor: Harry A. Winter, Pops: Elliot Dash, Hortensio: Brandon Bieber, Gremio: Con O’Shea-Creal

Ensemble:  Jay Adriel, Kristen Smith Davis, Susan Derry, Carl Draper, Heidi Kershaw, Monette McKay, Eliza Ohman, Alfie Parker Jr., Olivia Russell

Swings:  Stephanie Bissonnette, Kevin Michael Raponey, Wood Van Meter

Director: Alan Paul
Choreographer:  Michele Lynch
Music Director/Orchestrator:  Doug Peck
Associate Music Director/Conductor:  James Cunningham
Dance Arrangements: Michael Dansicker
Scenic Designer: James Noone
Costume Designer: Alejo Vietti
Lighting Designer: Paul Miller
Sound Designer: Justin Stasiw
Fight Director: David Leong


REVIEWS

Kiss Me, Kate is vintage Broadway-style entertainment…and Paul continues to show that he knows how to snap together such a massive puzzle.
— The Washington Post
Alan Paul delivers this show in a whirlwind of beautiful, seamless pacing that results in entertainment far bigger and more bountiful than any of its parts.
— Metro Weekly
It’s pretty plain by now that Alan Paul, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director and resident musical genie, knows his way around a Broadway musical. More than that, he has a gift for getting to the heart of a show and lets you see it beating and beating some more.
— Georgetowner
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Kiss Me Kate, directed by Alan Paul, is a sumptuous rendition of that hilariously imperfect world. It’s colorful. It’s emotional. It’s rambunctiously funny. It’s fast-paced. It’s so well-sung and performed. And it’s so much fun!
— DC Metro Theatre Arts
Paul expertly helms a Kate that’s a sweet homage not only to Porter’s score, but to the 1953 film.
— Washington City Paper
Don’t miss this Wunderbar production of a great American classic.
— Broadway World
The bar is set high. Happily for us this holiday season, Shakespeare Theatre Company clears that bar and pole-vaults over it with this boisterous production.
— DC Theatre Scene
Director Alan Paul… outdoes himself here. He has assembled a cast that can do it all: sing, dance and act. He then directs them with finesse to perfection. This is a production that should head to Broadway.
— The Georgetown Dish

Another Op-nin; Another Show
Act I Opening
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We Open in Venice
Opening of Padua
Tom, Dick, or Harry
I've Come to Wive It Wealthily
Cantiamo D'amore
Act II Opening
Too Darn Hot
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Bianca
Act II Finale

Photos by Scott Suchman