Tony Nominee Tom Hewitt and Olivier Award-Winner Lesli Margherita Star in Kiss Me, Kate
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The last date listed for Kiss Me, Kate was Thursday May 19, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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“You need to stop reading and buy tickets… memorable tunes, peppery battle-of-the-sexes banter, extreme codpieces, great voices, and performances that combine serious talent and a sense of humor in equal measure… nonstop delights." -Los Angeles Times
“A rich confection that musical lovers will savor… Lesli Margherita is fantastic in the show, both a knockout singer and a talented comedian… [Margherita] also belts out “I Hate Men,” a showstopper she delivers with contagiously destructive glee." -_Variety _
Don’t miss one of the most raucous, rowdy and enduring romances of all time, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. An on-stage Taming of the Shrew and a backstage Peyton Place, this enduring love story was the first ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. One hit song after another: “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darn Hot,” “From This Moment On” – will all have you wanting to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”
Tom Hewitt, Lesli Margherita and Meg Gillentine are the Broadway and West End stars that will lead the cast of Reprise Theatre Company’s Kiss Me, Kate. The musical – with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack — will be directed by Michael Michetti, co-artistic director of The Theatre @ Boston Court and choreographed by Lee Martino. Michael Paternostro will serve as musical director.
Tom Hewitt received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his performance as Frank N Furter in the recent Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Other Broadway credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Dracula in Dracula: The Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, Scar in The Lion King, The School for Scandal, and The Sisters Rosenzweig. Off Broadway, Hewitt received an Outer Critics’ nomination for Beau Jest and he was the recipient of the Touring Broadway Award and for the national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Lesli Margherita received the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical for her portrayal of ‘Inez’ in the new musical Zorro, which played at the Garrick Theater in London’s West End. National tour and regional theater credits include starring roles in Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors, She Loves Me, and for Reprise Theatre Company, Damn Yankees and Zorba. Margherita played Gloria Thorpe in the Reprise production of Damn Yankees.
Meg Gillentine** **was last seen at Pasadena Playhouse playing Diana in the new musical, Dangerous Beauty. Other credits include the First National Tour of _Fosse _and the Los Angeles company of The Producers starring Jason Alexander and Martin Short. Regional Credits include Lola in Damn Yankees and Tintinabula in A Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forum both with Reprise Theatre Company. Gillentine was the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Lola in _Damn Yankees _at Arena Stage.
Jason Alexander, Artistic Director of Reprise Theatre Company, says, “Kiss Me, Kate is a battle of the sexes reaching as far back as Shakespeare’s time and magnified through the maniacal egos of two, gigantic theatrical stars vying for top billing, accolades and the upper hand in their own flamboyant relationship.”
When Kiss Me, Kate first opened on Broadway in late 1948 it revitalized Cole Porter’s career and became his biggest hit._ Kiss Me, Kate_ came about when a novice producer, Saint Subber, thought there might be a show about a star acting couple off-stage and on-stage, after working on a production of _Taming Of The Shrew _with the on-again-off-again, famed acting team Lynn Fontaine and Alfred Lunt. He then engaged librettists Sam and Bella Spewack and composer-lyricist Cole Porter to create Kiss Me, Kate.
In 1937, eleven years before Kate_, Cole Porter had suffered a devastating horse accident in which both of his legs were crushed. This led him into a depression where the “cure” included him being one of the first patients to experience electric shock therapy. While he still found some success, his ,career began to wind down, and after two back-to-back flops (_Seven Lively Arts in 1944 and Around The World in 1946), there was much speculation about his career being over. But then he was engaged to write the score for Kate. It won the first Best Musical Tony Award and has a score that boasts “So In Love,” “Why Can’t You Behave?” “Another’ Openin’ Another Show,” and “Too Darn Hot,” among others. Saint Subber went onto produce Broadway shows for another 35 years, including many of Neil Simon’s early hit comedies.