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Box Office – Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

Apr 6 – Apr 29, 2018

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Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Samuel & Bella Spewack
Directed by Alan Paul
Choreographed by Michele Lynch

The multi-Tony Award®-winning Cole Porter masterpiece that set the standard for great musicals and then broke the mold! Inspired by the real life story of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the undisputed king and queen of Broadway legend from the 1920s to the 1950s. This sparkling sensation is, at its core, a true battle of the sexes. A charming leading man and his superstar ex-wife are starring in a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. As they swing from love to loathing and back again, their behind-the-scenes battles spill on to the stage and shine a bright light on long-standing historic issues of gender inequality.   

Kiss Me, Kate is a fantastic evening of amazing entertainment, celebrated music, fabulous dance, great performances, and a little something more to tell us about how far we have come and how far we still have to go.

Produced as a part of the 2018 citywide Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival. Click HERE for more information about other productions happening around the city throughout 2018.

Kiss Me, Kate runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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Kiss Me, Kate Creative Team

Director: Alan Paul

Choreographer: Michele Lynch

Music Director and Conductor: Joel Fram

Scenic Designer: James Noone

Costume Designer: Alejo Vietti

Lighting Designer: Paul Miller

Sound Designer: Justin Stasiw

Hair and Wig Designer: Mary Pyanowski Jones

New Orchestrations: Bruce Monroe

Additional Dance Music Arrangements: Michael Dansicker

Production Stage Manager: JR Welden

Kiss Me, Kate Cast (click for bios):

BEN DAVIS

BEN DAVIS
Fred Graham/Petruchio

BEN DAVIS

BEN DAVIS
(Fred Graham/Petruchio)

This marks Davis’s debut with The 5th. Broadway: Violet (Preacher), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist), Les Misérables (Javert & Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (Marcello- 2003 Tony Honor). Tour: The Sound of Music (Cpt. Von Trapp), Spamalot (Galahad). UK: BBC Proms Kiss Me, Kate at Royal Albert Hall (Fred/Petruchio) and Sondheim at 85 with RTÉ Orchestra. Other: South Pacific (Emile de Becque) and Oklahoma (Curly) at The MUNY, Anna Nicole the Opera at BAM (Billy Smith), R&H with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Brom Broeck) opposite Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber, Westchester Philharmonic w/Kelli O'Hara, Show Boat (Gaylord Ravenal) at Goodspeed Opera House, LA Philharmonic. Film/TV: Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh and the film version of Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. BenjaminJayDavis.com.

CAYMAN ILIKA

CAYMAN ILIKA
Lilli Vanessi/Katharine

CAYMAN ILIKA

CAYMAN ILIKA
(Lilli Vanessi/Katharine)

Ilika is delighted to be back at The 5th! Previous 5th Avenue Theatre credits include: Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, Saving Aimee, Candide and Buddy. 5th Avenue Theatre co-productions include: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Vanities – A New Musical (Kathy) with ACT Theatre; and the world premiere of Beatsville (Natasha) with Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. Other favorites: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, Gregory Award Nominee) and Show Boat (Julie, Footlight Award) at Village Theatre; and Persuasion (Anne Elliot) at Taproot. Offstage, Ilika has the World’s Greatest Parents, Handsomest Husband and Most Adorable Son. CaymanIlika.com.

CLYDE ALVES

CLYDE ALVES
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio

CLYDE ALVES

CLYDE ALVES
(Bill Calhoun/Lucentio)

5th Avenue Theatre debut. Broadway: On The Town (Ozzie, Astaire Award nomination); Bullets Over Broadway; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Anything Goes; Wicked; Hairspray; Oklahoma! and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, Astaire Award winner). He reprised Tommy Djilas in ABC’s The Music Man. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Juan). Recent Encores: Hey, Look Me Over! (George M), The New Yorkers (Monahan). Regional: World premiere of The New World (Tago, Bucks County Playhouse); Crazy for You (Bobby Child, Drury Lane Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winter, Music Theatre Wichita); Oklahoma! (Will Parker, The Muny); Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Award winner).

ROBYN HURDER

ROBYN HURDER
Lois Lane/Bianca

ROBYN HURDER

ROBYN HURDER
(Lois Lane/Bianca)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jeannie Muldoon), Grease (Marty), Chicago (Mona, Roxie u/s), Wedding Singer (Holly u/s), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). NYCC Encores!: The New Yorkers (Lola McGee), Paint Your Wagon (Cherry Jourdell). National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Spamalot, Starlight Express (Pearl). Regional: Drury Lane Theatre: Crazy for You (Polly Baker); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane, 2016 Helen Hayes Award Recipeint for Best Supporting Actress, 2016 Emery Battis Award for Excellence in Acting Recipient); Ogunquit Playhouse: Victor Victoria (Norma Cassidy), From Here to Eternity (Karen Holmes); Mason Street Warehouse: Chicago (Roxie). Favorite roles to date: Wife to Clyde, mother to Hudson.

ALLEN FITZPATRICK

ALLEN FITZPATRICK
General Howell

ALLEN FITZPATRICK

ALLEN FITZPATRICK
(General Howell)

This marks Fitzpatrick’s 25th appearance at The 5th. A Footlight Award winner for Sweeney Todd, he will soon portray Frollo in Hunchback at The 5th. Allen’s 10 Broadway appearances include Les Misérables, Memphis, 42nd Street and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Fitzpatrick performed in five national tours, and starred in Sunset Boulevard. He shared an Emmy® for Sondheim’s Passion. Twelve Off-Broadway plays. 40 productions on Seattle-area stages. Multiple TV/film appearances including many Law & Orders. AllenFitzpatrick.weebly.com.

ALLEN GALLI

ALLEN GALLI
Second Man

ALLEN GALLI

ALLEN GALLI
(Second Man)

At The 5th: Pop in The Pajama Game, Twimble/Wally Womper in How to Succeed…, Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls, Mike in White Christmas, Krupke in West Side Story, Moonface in Anything Goes! Locally, Galli has appeared at Seattle Rep, SCT, ACT, Intiman, Village and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Regional credits include Arizona Theatre Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. TV credits: Grimm, Frasier, Twin Peaks.

SARAH RUSSELL

SARAH RUSSELL
Hattie

SARAH RUSSELL

SARAH RUSSELL
(Hattie)

Russell is excited to be returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre. Past credits include Grease, Hairspray in Concert!, RENT (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Dreamgirls, My Heart Is the Drum (Village Theatre); Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-It Repertory); The Odyssey (Seattle Repertory); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Big Fish (Taproot Theatre Company); The Boy Who Cried Wolf (StoryBook Theater). Thank you to the cast and crew. Enjoy the show!

JEFF STEITZER

JEFF STEITZER
Harry Trevor/Baptista

JEFF STEITZER

JEFF STEITZER
(Harry Trevor/Baptista)

5th Avenue Theatre credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How to Succeed…, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, Hairspray and Titanic in Concert. On Broadway, he appeared in Mary Poppins and Inherit the Wind with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy, and Off-Broadway in The Power of Darkness. Most recently, he appeared in The Nance at ArtsWest, The Legend of Georgia McBride at ACT and Singin’ in the Rain at Village Theatre.

TY WILLIS

TY WILLIS
Paul

TY WILLIS

TY WILLIS
(Paul)

Willis is excited to be part of this production. He is the husband of Kelly Willis, a well-known children’s theater arts instructor, and the proud father of three talented girls who also perform professionally. A veteran performer, Willis was recently featured in The 5th’s production of Ragtime. Previous 5th Avenue Theatre shows include: Most Happy Fella, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe’s Café, Buddy, Memphis and A Christmas Story.

RICHARD ZIMAN

RICHARD ZIMAN
First Man

RICHARD ZIMAN

RICHARD ZIMAN
(First Man)

The 5th: Damn Yankees; Spotlight Night (Spamalot); Beautiful Poison (workshop). Broadway: Henry IV, Not About Nightingales, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Lost in Yonkers, Epic Proportions (with Kristin Chenowith) among others. Off-Broadway: NY Shakespeare Festival, The Public, Manhattan Theatre Club and more. Seattle: ACT, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Village. With his wife, actor/producer Leslie Law, he is creator-producer of Sandbox Radio LIVE, now in its seventh season at ACT and Town Hall.

TOM BENTSEN

TOM BENTSEN
Ensemble

TOM BENTSEN

TOM BENTSEN
(Ensemble)

Bentsen is ecstatic to be back at The 5th! The 5th: RSP: Pajama Game, RSP: How to Succeed… Regional: Village Theatre, The MUNY. Instagram: @thomas.avery.

ALEX CROZIER

ALEX CROZIER
Ensemble

ALEX CROZIER

ALEX CROZIER
(Ensemble)

Crozier is excited to be back at The 5th! Credits: Carnival Boy in The 5th’s Carousel, Interlocuter in Donald Byrd’s The Minstrel Show Revisited, director of MILLENNIALS. Love to my mom and Paul. AlexCrozier.com.

JADE SOLOMON CURTIS

JADE SOLOMON CURTIS
Ensemble

JADE SOLOMON CURTIS

JADE SOLOMON CURTIS
(Ensemble)

Curtis is a Texas native. Her theater credits include Oklahoma!, Carousel, Man of La Mancha and Holiday Inn at The 5th. Companies: Wideman/Davis Dance, Alison Chase Performance, Opus Dance Theater, Spectrum Dance Theater and Solo Magic. Follow her on Instagram @jade_solomon_.

SAPPHIRE GOETZ

SAPPHIRE GOETZ
Ensemble

SAPPHIRE GOETZ

SAPPHIRE GOETZ
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Goetz is a proud graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and BDC’s Summer Professional Semester in NYC. Love to her grandparents, mom and her favorite puzzle partner, Andrés.

DAVIONE GORDON

DAVIONE GORDON
Ensemble

DAVIONE GORDON

DAVIONE GORDON
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre credits: Carousel, Man of La Mancha and The Pajama Game. Gordon is a native of Fort Washington. Since moving from Philadelphia in 2012, Gordon has been working as a professional in Seattle. He danced for Spectrum Dance Theatre for four seasons. Gordon has also appeared in Dreamgirls and Disney's Newsies at Village Theatre.

EKELLO HARRID JR.

EKELLO HARRID JR.
Pops, Ensemble

EKELLO HARRID JR.

EKELLO HARRID JR.
(Pops, Ensemble)

Harrid is happy to be back! This is his fourth show at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Regional: Driving Miss Daisy, Ragtime, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors,  ShowBoat, Grey Gardens, Cats. Love to Laura.

DANIELLE KELSEY

DANIELLE KELSEY
Ensemble

DANIELLE KELSEY

DANIELLE KELSEY
(Ensemble)

The 5th: Romy and Michele… (Kelly), Holiday Inn. Off-Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow… National Tours: Billy Elliot (u/s Mum), Young Frankenstein (u/s Inga). Other NYC/Regional: The Producers (Ulla), Chicago (Roxie), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). IG: @diary.confessionals.

TRINA MILLS

TRINA MILLS
Ensemble

TRINA MILLS

TRINA MILLS
(Ensemble)

From Seattle, Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. The 5th selected: A Chorus Line (Sheila), West Side Story (Velma), How to Succeed… (Miss Krumholtz), ELF (Shawanda). Regional: Asolo Repertory, Evita. Love to Josh.

ANNIE MORRO

ANNIE MORRO
Ensemble

ANNIE MORRO

ANNIE MORRO
(Ensemble)

Morro is thrilled to be back! Previous 5th Avenue Theatre credits: Mamma Mia! and Man of La Mancha. Other local work: The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera) and My Fair Lady (Village Theatre). Love to Blake and her family!

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
Ensemble

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
(Ensemble)

Niemeyer is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre stage! Past 5th Avenue Theatre credits: Alana (The Little Mermaid), Bebe (A Chorus Line), Zaneeta Shinn (The Music Man). Upcoming: The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Love to Tim.

CON O'SHEA-CREAL

CON O'SHEA-CREAL
Dance Captain, Fight Captain, Gremio, Ensemble

CON O'SHEA-CREAL

CON O'SHEA-CREAL
(Dance Captain, Fight Captain, Gremio, Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre debut. Broadway: Side Show, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. National Tours: Bert in Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Something Rotten!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Film/TV: Royal Pains, Rebel in the Rye.

RICHARD PEACOCK

RICHARD PEACOCK
Hortensio, Ensemble

RICHARD PEACOCK

RICHARD PEACOCK
(Hortensio, Ensemble)

Peacock is proud to be returning to The 5th’s stage for his fourth production this season! Previous credits include: A Chorus Line (Richie Walters), Ragtime (Coalhouse’s Friend), How to Succeed… (Peterson), Man of La Mancha (Featured Ensemble). Instagram: @richpea252.

KATY TABB

KATY TABB
Ensemble

KATY TABB

KATY TABB
(Ensemble)

Tabb is thrilled to return to The 5th! The 5th: Spamalot. Regional: Village Theatre, Musical Theatre West, 3D Theatricals, Showtunes Theatre Co. and many more. Choreography: Newsies, Billy Elliot and Singin’ in the Rain for Village Theatre.

JOEL WALKER

JOEL WALKER
Ensemble

JOEL WALKER

JOEL WALKER
(Ensemble)

Walker is an award-winning performer from Portland, Oregon. 5th Avenue Theatre: Holiday Inn. Other credits: Trails, Company, Man of La Mancha, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Marymount Manhattan College alumnus. Company member, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers. Insta: @joelinthebox.

MATT WOLFE

MATT WOLFE
Ralph, Ensemble

MATT WOLFE

MATT WOLFE
(Ralph, Ensemble)

The 5th: Mamma Mia!, Assassins, Pirates of Penzance; Saving Aimee; Aladdin; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Catch Me If You Can; The Sound of Music. Broadway: Scandalous. National Tour: Hello, Dolly! Village Theatre: The Producers, Iron Curtain, Million Dollar Quartet, Tommy, The Music Man and others. SCT: Goodnight Moon, The Wizard of Oz, Busytown and others. Wolfe is also the Artistic Director of Showtunes Theatre Company, which produces Broadway musicals in concert at Benaroya Hall and at ACT Theatre. Love to Bryan. Matt-Wolfe.net.

Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail info@5thavenue.org.

Running Time

Kiss Me, Kate runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Kiss Me, Kate 

Kiss Me, Kate a classic musical with a score by the great Cole Porter, tells the story of the backstage romances, quarrels, and rivalries of a theatre troupe performing a revised version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Kiss Me, Kate runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Please note: Content guidelines are based solely on the text of the script. We create our shows just for you, so there is often sensitive content based on the actual direction of the show which we are not aware of until the show opens. Additional content warnings will be posted in the lobby when you attend a performance, or you can call our Guest Services team for more information, once a show has opened, at 206.625.1900.

 

Adult Language:

The language is quite mild; Lilli, the leading lady, calls her leading man Fred (from whom she is divorced) a “bastard” a couple of times. There are a couple of “hells” and one “Goddamned” and the word “whoreson” is used as part of the Shakespeare play within the play.

 

Sexual References:

The actors in the play-within-a-play are lounging backstage during the “Too Darn Hot” number are kissing and flirting throughout.

When Kate and Petruchio first meet, a fight breaks out (Lilli, who is playing Kate, is furious with Fred); Petruchio grabs Kate’s wrists and inadvertently falls on top of her as he tries to restrain her, in a movement that could (briefly) be called suggestive.  While singing “I Hate Men,” Kate takes a few hostile (and suggestive) bites from a banana.

The city of Parma is referred to as a “heartless, tartless menace” in the song “We Open in Venice.” 

Almost all of the sexual references are implied rather than explicit; Lois, in her song, “Always True to You (In My Fashion),” admits that she occasionally strays in her relationship with Bill (“I could never curl my lip / To a dazzlin’ diamond clip / Though the clip meant ‘Let ‘er rip,’ I’d not say nay”). The gangsters’ song, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” and the backstage song, “Too Darn Hot” (“I’d like to fool with my baby tonight / Break ev’ry rule with my baby tonight / But, pillow, you’ll be my baby tonight / ’Cause it’s too darn hot”) are full of such double entendres.

 

Drugs/Alcohol:

Several of the characters smoke onstage, and the smell and smoke has been an irritant to some audience members.

Several of the songs make references to alcohol. Bill has furs, a hat, champagne, and beer delivered to Lois’s dressing room.

 

Violence:

Lilli and Fred quarrel onstage while playing Katharine and Petruchio: she hits him, bites him, and slaps him several times; he spanks her; later she slaps him again. Both Katharine and Petruchio throw objects at each other.

The gangsters are carrying guns and quietly threaten both Lilli and Fred. They leave without carrying out any of these threats when they learn that their boss’s “unidentified remains will be found floating in the bay tomorrow morning.”