Kiss Me, Kate

July 1 - August 5, 2023

Sponsored by Pamela and Louis Bansbach

 

Kiss Me, Kate

The battle of the sexes takes center stage

Sophisticated, romantic and delightfully hilarious, Kiss Me, Kate boasts a sparkling Cole Porter score.

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes highjinks, Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of four brilliant writers: Sam and Bella Spewack, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Tom, Dick or Harry,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “I Hate Men,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Another Op’nin, Another Show.”

First recipient of the Tony Award for Best Musical
Winner! Five 1949 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Script and Best Score
Winner! Five 2000 Tony Awards, including Best Revival and Best Orchestrations
Winner! Six 2000 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival and Orchestrations
Nominee: Four 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival
Winner! 2019 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Musical

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Performing Artists & Creative Team

AllCastCreative

Emily Brockway

Jonathan Hays

Dick McGann

Jeffrey Scott Parsons

Mae Jones

Lauren Gemelli

Major-General Stanley

Adelmo Guidarelli

Harry Easter

Isaiah Feken

Conductor

Adam Turner

Ken Cazan

Director/Choreographer

Daniel Pelzig

Emily Brockway

Lilli Vanessi (Katherine):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Soprano

Jonathan Hays

Fred Graham:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Dick McGann

Jeffrey Scott Parsons

Previously with CCO: Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Kiss Me Kate (2023)

Recently: Mike, A Chorus Line, Moonlight Amphitheatre (2021); Ted Hanover, Holiday Inn, Musical Theatre West (2019); Bobby Child, Crazy for You, San Diego Musical Theatre (2019)

Dick McGann:Street Scene (2024)

Bill Calhoun (Lucentio):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Movement Coach:The Girl of the Golden West; The Pirates of Penzance; Street Scene

Mae Jones

Lauren Gemelli

Previously with CCO: Lois Lane/Bianca, Kiss Me Kate (2023)

Recently: Choreographer and Associate Director, Broadway Backwards, New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway (2023); Liz, Mona, u/s Velma, u/s Roxie, u/s Mama, Chicago: The Musical, Broadway National and International Tours (2015-2019); Velma, Chicago: The Musical, Broadway National Tour at The Kennedy Center (2017); Ensemble, Hal Prince’s final Candide, New York City Opera (2017)

Mae Jones:Street Scene (2024)

Lois Lane (Bianca):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Major-General Stanley

Adelmo Guidarelli

Major-General Stanley:The Pirates of Penzance

First Man:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Harry Easter

Isaiah Feken

Central City Opera: Second Man, Kiss Me, Kate (2023); Giuseppe Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza, 2022; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, 2022

Recently: Papageno (Cover), Die Zauberflote, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera; First Sargent, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Colorado; Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro, Voci nel Montfeltro Festival

Harry Easter:Street Scene (2024)

Second Man:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Conductor

Adam Turner

Previously at CCO: Conductor, Kiss Me, Kate (2023); The Light in the Piazza (2022); Madama Butterfly (2019); Carmen (2017); Man of La Mancha (2015); Associate Conductor (2014, 2011-12)

Recently: Artistic Director & Chief Conductor, Siegfried, Madama Butterfly, Virginia Opera (2018-present); Conductor, Roméo et Juliette, Toledo Opera (2024); Conductor, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Symphony (2024)

Conductor:Street Scene (2024)

Conductor:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Ken Cazan

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Director, The Light in the Piazza, 2022; Director, Carousel, 2021; Director, Billy Budd, 2019; Director, Acis and Galatea and The Face on the Barroom Floor, 2018

Recently: Professor of Opera/Resident Stage Director, USC Thornton School of Music; Director, Curlew River/Orefo ed Euridice, University of Southern California; Director, All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story (World and American premieres), Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland/University of Southern California

Director:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Director/Choreographer

Daniel Pelzig

Previously with CCO: Choreographer, Kiss Me, Kate (2023); Director/Choreographer, Carmen (2011); West Side Story (2008)

Recently: Associate Director/ Choreographer, The Barber of Seville, Seattle Opera (2024);
Choreographer, A Year with Frog and Toad, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis (2024); Associate Director/Choreographer, The Barber of Seville, Des Moines Metro Opera (2024); Director/Choreographer, City of Angels, Boston Conservatory (2023); Choreographer, The Band’s Visit, Huntington Theatre, Boston (2023)

Director/Choreographer:Street Scene (2024)

Choreographer:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)

Movement Coach:The Pirates of Penzance; The Girl of the Golden West; Street Scene

Contact our Box Office for more information at 303-292-6700 or boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.

Performance Location

Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427

Music and Lyrics

Cole Porter

Book

Sam and Bella Spewack

Sung In

English
(English supertitles)

Run Time

3 Hours Plus Intermission

Production Sponsors

Pamela and Louis Bansbach

 

Kiss Me, Kate is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.
www.concordtheatricals.com