Another Op'nin': Kiss Me, Kate Gets Staten Island Concert Staging Sept. 29

News   Another Op'nin': Kiss Me, Kate Gets Staten Island Concert Staging Sept. 29
David Weitzer and Tiffan Borelli square off in Cole Porter's musical war of the sexes Kiss Me, Kate — with the Staten Island Philharmonic — on Sept. 29.

Weitzer and Borelli play Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, respectively, in Cole Porter's classic musical comedy take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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.

Deborah Kym directs the concert staging, featuring Daniel Lepek conducting the Staten Island Philharmonic. Bryan Jarrett choreographs with additional choreography by Douglas Leland.

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, 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.

Kiss Me, Kate will perform at 2 and 8 PM at the St. George Theatre, located at 35 Hyatt Street on Staten Island. Tickets are available by calling (718) 442-2900 or by visiting

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