Cole Porter's classic musical comedy take on The Taming of the Shrew will be directed by Deborah Kym and will feature Daniel Lepek conducting the Staten Island Philharmonic. Bryan Jarrett will choreograph with additional choreography by Douglas Leland.
David Weitzer and Tiffan Borelli portray feuding lovers Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi. Also featured are Allison Mosier (Lois Lane/Bianca), Whit Baldwin (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio), Stanley Wayne Mathis (Paul), Jannie Jones (Hattie), Martin C. Hurt (Man #1), Douglas Leland (Man #2), Bryan Jarrett (Gremio), Aaron Davis (Hortensio), William Demaniow (Baptista) and Matthew Hyland (Gen. Howell).
The Kiss Me, Kate ensemble includes Alliy Drago, Kate Erin Gibson, Justin Hall, Lauren Kampf, Carolyn Leutwiler, Nina Long, Melissa McKamie, Jennifer Montague, Mark Montague, Julie Schwartz, Viet Vo, Zachary Wobensmith and members of the Richmond Choral Society.
Kiss Me, Kate, featuring a score by Cole Porter and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, premiered on Broadway in 1948 starring Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang. It would run 1,077 performances and earn five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Composer and Lyricist for Cole Porter.
The 1999 Broadway revival starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Michael Berresse and Amy Spanger would also earn five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The classic Cole Porter score includes "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "Why Can't You Behave?," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick or Harry," "I Hate Men" and "Where Is the Life that Late I Led?"
Kiss Me, Kate will perform at 2 and 8 PM Sept. 29 at the St. George Theatre, located at 35 Hyatt Street on Staten Island. Tickets are available by calling (718) 442-2900 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.