Kiss Me, KateJuly 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
Kiss Me, Kate Extras:
- Free Pre-performance Talks: 45 minutes prior to every 2023 main stage performance. Seating is limited — arrive early.
- Post-performance talkback - Saturday, July 22nd at 5:30 pm
- Opera Adventures: Sunday, July 16th
Lilli Vanessi (Katherine):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
Fred Graham:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
Jeffrey Scott Parsons
Bill Calhoun (Lucentio):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
Lois Lane (Bianca):Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
First Man:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
Central City Opera: 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
Second Man:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
Central City Opera: Conductor, The Light in the Piazza, 2022; Conductor, Madama Butterfly, 2019; Conductor, Carmen, 2017; Conductor, Man of La Mancha, 2015; Associate Conductor, 2014, 2011-12
Recently: Artistic Director, Virginia Opera (since 2018, following four seasons as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor); Conductor, Il Trovatore, Toledo Opera; Conductor, Three Decembers, San Diego Opera
Conductor:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
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)
Choreographer:Kiss Me, Kate (2023)
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Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427
Music and Lyrics
Sam and Bella Spewack
Pamela and Louis Bansbach
Kiss Me, Kate is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.