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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Combine Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" with Porter's music and
lyrics to get KISS ME, KATE an instant success with every cast and audience.
This is a play-within-a-play where each cast member's on-stage life
is complicated by what is happening offstage. Musical numbers include
Why Can't You Behave, So In Love Am I, Wunderbar, Tom, Dick or Harry,
Were Thine That Special Face, Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare,
I Hate Men, Always True to You (In My Fashion) and Another Op'nin,
Another Show. KISS ME, KATE is fun, melodious and sophisticated.
4 Tony Awards for Best Actor, Best Costumes, Best Director and Best Orchestrations.
KISS ME, KATE played for 1,077 performances on Broadway at the New Century Theatre and for 501 performances in London at the Coliseum Theatre.
The original cast included Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.
The original cast album issued in 1948 by Columbia Records had the distinction of being the very first Broadway cast recording to be issued on LP.
KISS ME, KATE was revived in 1999 at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway, where it played for 881 performances starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie,
and at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, where it played for about 300 performances starring Brent Barrett and Marin Mazzie.
KISS ME, KATE was originally produced in 1948 and has been considered one of Broadway's treasures. It was revived in 1999, taking advantage of new technology in music and keeping in mind evolving social values.
In the Revised Version all the basic music material for the show was taken back to the fundamentals of its melody, harmony and rhythm, and a new score was written.
All seventeen of the original songs are present in the revised score, and the song From This Moment On from Porter's OUT OF THIS WORLD as well as from the 1953 film version of KISS ME, KATE has been added.
The book was carefully refined, not changed, for the new version. The character Harrison Howell has become a General with political ambitions, and adds some topical humor from the exact period of the show to the Revised Version.
Another Op'nin' Another Show welcomes you to Baltimore and to the opening of a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." The cast of the play is on stage and receiving
final instructions from Fred Graham, the director. A play-within-a-play
unfolds, where each of the four main cast members' on-stage performance
is complicated by what is happening in his off-stage life. Fred takes
the roles of director and male lead, Petruchio. His ex-wife Lilli, now
a movie star with a reputation for being difficult to work with, plays
Katharine, the shrew. Fred's current love interest, Lois, plays the
role of Bianca, and the other man in Lois' life, Bill, plays the role
Before the curtain rises on "The Shrew"
we find out that Bill has a gambling problem. He tells Lois that he
signed a $10,000 IOU for a debt in Fred's name, instead of using his
own name. Not long after Lois begs Bill to stop gambling, two thugs
show up at the theater to make it clear that Bill will have to make
good on that IOU. But they confront Fred instead of Bill, since Fred's
name is on the gambling debt. Lois asks Bill Why Can't You Behave?
Fred and Lilli reminisce nostalgically about their other performances
together, and their warm feelings for each other return -Wunderbar.
When flowers sent by Fred to Lois mistakenly get delivered to Lilli,
Lilli falls even more deeply in love with Fred -So in Love.
We are brought into Shakespeare's world
with We Open in Venice. It is not long before we are told that
Lucentio (Bill) may not marry his love Bianca (Lois), until Bianca's
older sister Katharine (Lilli) the shrew is married off. Bianca enjoys
flirting with her gentlemen callers in Tom, Dick or Harry. Fortunately
for Bianca and Lucentio, Petruchio (Fred) comes to town looking for
a wealthy wife and is not scared off by Katharine. Petruchio explains
his goal in I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua and Katharine
makes her feelings clear in I Hate Men. Lilli finally discovers
that the flowers Fred sent her were actually intended for Lois, and
we hear her shriek in outrage from offstage. In Were Thine That Special
Face Petruchio sings of his strong feelings for Katharine. Lilli
threatens to walk out of the show, but is forced to stay. Fred convinces
the two gangsters that he will be able to pay them the money he allegedly
owes them, if they can make sure Lilli continues to play her role. The
gangsters put on costumes and become part of the cast of "The Shrew"
to stay close to Lilli. Lilli uses her anger toward Fred to express
herself as Katharine for the rest of the show. Fred is forced to get
tough with Katharine as he plays Petruchio. Kiss Me, Kate closes
the first act.
The second act opens with Too Darn
Hot, which gives the cast a chance to relax outside the theatre
during intermission. Back at "The Shrew" Petruchio marries Katharine,
and already misses his relatively peaceful single life in Where Is
the Life That Late I Led? Lois and Bill sing of their relationship
in Always True to You (In My Fashion) and then Bill sings Bianca.
When the gangsters call their boss to 'check in,' they find out that
the boss has been killed. This makes Bill's IOU worthless, so the gangsters
can leave. Lilli takes the opportunity to walk off the show, and leaves
with her dependable fiance Harrison, as Fred reprises So in Love.
The gangsters get caught up in the limelight and pay an unusual tribute
to Shakespeare in Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Bianca and Lucentio
are finally married. As "The Taming of the Shrew" comes to a close,
Lilli unexpectedly returns to the stage, and in Katharine's words expresses
her intention of returning to Fred -I Am Ashamed That Women Are So
Simple. Lilli and Fred are reunited, and Lois and Bill are together.
||Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophone
||Reed II: Flute II, Clarinet I & Alto Saxophone
||Reed III: Flute III (or Oboe), Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet II, Soprano Saxophone (or Clarinet) & Tenor Saxophone
||Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon & Baritone Saxophone
||Trumpet I (doubles Flugelhorn and Piccolo Trumpet)
||Trumpet II (doubles Flugelhorn and Piccolo Trumpet)
||Trombone [tenor] (doubles Bass Trombone for No. 4 "Wunderbar" and No. 22 "Pavane." Optional Tuba for No.4 "Wunderbar.")
||Percussion I & II: (* indicates shared instruments)
|I - Trap Drums:
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum (brushes, sticks & mallets)
- Tom Toms
- Conga (for stage cue)
- Suspended Cymbals (at least 4: crash, splash, sizzle & Chinese)
- Finger Cymbals
- Mark Tree
- Bell Tree
- *Temple Blocks (4)
- Wood Blocks (2)
- Cow Bell
- Duck Call
- *Sandpaper Blocks
- Guiro (optional)
- Sleigh Bells
|II - Mallet Instruments:
- Timpani (2 pedal drums)
- Glockenspiel (Bells)
- Marimba (optional)
- Suspended Cymbals (crash, splash, sizzle & Chinese)
- Finger Cymbals
- Mark Tree
- Bell Tree
- Wood Blocks (horse hooves)
- *Temple Blocks
- *Sandpaper Blocks
- Bass Drum (Gran Cassa) w/ attached Cymbal)
- Mouth Siren
- Bulb Horn
- Fight Bell
- Ship's Bell
- Brass Bell (or "G" Chime)
- Steel Plate
||Guitar (doubling Mandolin & Lute or Nylon Guitar)
||Keyboard Synthesizer (principally orchestra harmonic rhythm piano)
with registrations for: Piano, Tack Piano (Honky Tonk Piano), Celeste, Harpsichord, Accordion (French Musette),
Strings, Violin Sound, Acoustic/Electric Piano combination, Flute/Clarinet combination,
Glock/Flute combination & Bass Drum (Gran Cassa).
||Violins I & II
||Viola (doubling Violin)
||Piano-Conductor's Score sent with rehearsal material.
||A special String Substitute Keyboard Synthesizer part covering the music
for Violins I & II, Viola and Cello is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration.
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