Kiss Me, Kate

music & lyrics by Cole Porter
book by Bella & Samuel Spewack

directed by Bradford Blake
musical director Arnie Gross

September 25, 26, October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2009

With William Shakespeare's classic The Taming of the Shrew as its foundation and Music & Lyrics by the immortal Cole Porter, this classic Broadway musical will put a spring in your step. Big-time actors Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham are formerly-married, constantly battling, and now forced to reunite for a new musical version of...what else? The Taming of the Shrew! Their onstage tussles as Shakespeare's Katherine and Petruchio are nothing compared to their offstage affairs, backstage brawls, and hilarious misunderstandings. As time goes by the couple realizes, much like the characters in the original play, that they are hopelessly bound to each other. The enduring Tony Award-winning score includes hits such as Another Op'nin, Another Show, Why Can't You Behave?, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.



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Cast List

Fred Graham/Petruchio Tom Sheehan


Lilli Vanessi/Katherine Priscilla Squiers


Bill Calhoun/Lucentio Tom Denihan


Lois Lane/Bianca Shannon-Courtney Denihan


Man 1 Jeff Porper


Man 2 Mark Feltch


Pops/Harrison Howell Jonathan Ross


Harry Trevor/Baptista Ron Dukenski


Hattie, Lilli’s Dresser Janice Gabriel


Paul, Fred’s Dresser Brad Kimmelman


Ralph, the Stage Manager Matthew Farina


Hortensio Steve Michelsson


Gremio Billy Hicks


Mitzi/Nathaniel Trisha Carr


Sally/Gregory Janina Reiner


Georgette/Philip Kimberly Sanders



Production Staff

Directed and Choreographed by Bradford Blake

Musical Director Arnie Gross

Stage Manager Alexis Ortiz

Dance Captain Matthew Farina

Costume Design Renee C. Purdy

Set Design & Properties Glenn Couture

Lighting Design Richard Pettibone, Scott Wyshynski

Builders Rich Pettibone, Scott Wyshynski, Frank Russo, John Bolster, Glenn Couture, Jon Ross, Jamel Carroll

Production Assistant Abigail Heydenburg

Running Crew Emma Barlow, John Bolster


Web Site Design

House Manager Beth Bonnabeau, Jill Fay

Producer Richard Pettibone


The Orchesta

Sax/Clarinet/Flute Gerald Mohen

Trumpet/Flugelhorn Dick Sanfilippo

Trombone Alan Raph

Bass Kevin Callaghan

Percussion Albert Montecalvo

Keyboards Arnie Gross


Special Thanks

Marie Gelston, Norwalk High School, Suzi Pettibone, The Warner Theatre, Paula Anderson, New Milford High School, Ridgefield Theatre Barn


Set Design


Production Reviews

'Kate' at TheatreWorks in New Milford

A Comical 'Kate'

The Thugs Steal the Show in New Milford' "Kiss Me Kate"