Kiss Me, Kate


The first revival in nearly 50 years of the musical comedy masterpiece by composer Cole Porter and book writers Sam and Bella Spewack not only enchanted critics and delighted audiences, but went on to triumph as one of the biggest prize winners of the 2000 season. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, this hilarious romp recounts the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romances during an out-of-town tryout for a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs including "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Too Darn Hot," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" this is Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best. Directed by Michael Blakemore, this Tony winner for "Best Revival" stars Brent Barrett, Rachel York (Victor/Victoria), Nancy Anderson and Michael Berresse as the squabbling couples whose offstage disputes entangle them with a pair of song-and-dance gangsters and a pompous U.S. army general.



Fred Graham / Petruchio

Brent Barrett

Lilli Vanessi / Katherine           

 Rachel York

Lois Lane / Bianca

 Nancy Kathryn Anderson

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio

 Michael Berresse

Harrison Howell

 Nicholas Colicos



Chris Hunt


Michael Blakemore

Music and Lyrics

Cole Porter


Sam Spewak


Bella Spewak


William Shakespeare (from Taming of the Shrew)

Executive Producers

Helen Asquith


David Horn


Margaret Smilow


Jac Venza


 Andy Picheta


Richard Price

Costume Design 

 Martin Pakledinaz









User Reviews of Kiss Me, Kate

An all-round great show


One thing I really like about Kate is that the songs go on for a satisfyingly long time. It's not just two verses, a bridge, and then a final chorus; he really gives a nice, long time to enjoy the tunes and lyrics. The digital capture of this show really adds something special to the artistry of the stage direction. And the stars are, of course, fabulous.

Fantastically Entertaining




one of my favorite versions of this play

Not Broadway


I am confused, this isn't the Broadway version of this show. Rachel York & Brent Barrett played the roles in London, in the West End revival. I'm sure it is an amazing revival of the show, but please don't label it as Broadway.