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Kiss Me, Kate

May 17–June 16, 2019

Past Show

Audience Information

Passions run high onstage and off as a tempestuous couple struggle to present a musical version of Taming of the Shrew. Blending the irreverent humor of William Shakespeare and Cole Porter, this brilliant battle of the sexes won the very first Tony Award for Best Musical and is considered one of Broadway’s great treasures, featuring unforgettable classics like Why Can’t You Behave? Too Darn Hot and Another Op’nin’, Another Show. Ages 11 and up.

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

Cast & Crew


Lilli Vanessi/Katherine – Rana Roman*
Fred Graham/Petruchio – Andrew Varela*
Hattie – Ashley Rodriguez
Paul/Hortensio – Sean Anthony Jackson
Harry/Trevor/Baptista/Howell – Jonathan Gillard Daly*
Lois Lane/Bianca – Kaylee Annable
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio – Joe Capstick*
Gangster 1 – Doug Jarecki
Gangster 2 – Kelly Doherty
Flynt/Germio Understudy Fred – Tim Rebers
Ensemble – Ryan Cappleman
Ensemble – Haley Haupt
Ensemble – Sydney Kirkegaard
Ensemble – Carmen Risi

* Appearing Through An Agreement Between This Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, And Actors'  Equity Association, The Union Of Professional Actors And Stage Managers In The United States.


Stage Director – Ray Jivoff
Music Director – Kurt Cowling
Choreographer – Amy Brinkman
Scenic Designer – Robert Little
Costume Designer – Jason Orlenko**
Lighting Designer – Craig Zemsky
Sound Designer – Adam Seaman
Production Stage Manager – Daniel J. Hanson*

*Appearing through an agreement between this theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
**The Costume designer is represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829.

Press & Reviews

Kiss Me, Kate Gallery


  • From biting dialogue to physical comedy to genuine sizzle, Roman and Varela never once skip a beat.
  • Every high note rings clearer than the glass it could easily shatter, every dance step executed with as much aplomb as apparent ease. Comedic timing and ball changes alike land with the same rollicking rhythm.
    Milwaukee Magazine