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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1949!
In 1949, the Tony Awards began for Best Musical. That year, Kiss Me Kate was wowing Broadway. With packed houses every night, the musical had opened at the New Century Theatre on December 30, 1948, and ran for an incredible 1,070 performances. It was made into a movie in 1953 starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, and was revived on Broadway in 1965.
Kiss Me Kate - the original cast album
The Story:

    A formerly married couple reunite to perform in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Their lives become complicated as their on-stage and off-stage lives collide.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Cole Porter

The Producers:

    Saint Subber and Lemuel Ayers

The Directors:

    John C. Wilson

The Choreographers:

    Hanya Holm

The Opening:

    New Century Theatre on December 30, 1948

The Cast:

  • Alfred Drake
  • Patricia Morison
  • Harold Lang
  • Lisa Kirk
  • Harry Clark
  • Jack Diamond
  • Annabelle Hill
  • Lorenzo Fuller
  • Marc Breaux

The Songs:

  • Another Op'nin, Another Show
  • Why Can't You Behave
  • Wunderbar
  • So In Love
  • We Open In Venice
  • Tom, Dick or Harry
  • I've Come to Wive it Weathily in Padua
  • I Hate Men
  • Were Thing That Special Face
  • Too Darn Hot
  • Where is the Life That Late I Led?
  • Always True to You
  • Bianca
  • So In Love (reprise)
  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare
  • I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple
  • Padua Street Scene - We Open in Venice
  • Rose Dance
  • I Sing of Love
  • Finale Act I
  • Entr'acte
  • Pavane
  • Shrew Finale - So Kiss Me, Kate
  • It Was Great Fun the First Time
  • A Woman's Career
  • We Shall Never Be Younger
  • I'm Afraid Sweetheart, I Love You
  • If Ever Married
  • What Does Your Servant Dream About?

The Other Tony Awards:

  • Producers of a Musical - Sain Subber and Lemuel Ayers
  • Authors of a Musical - Bella and Samuel Spewack
  • Composer and Lyricist of a Musical - Cole Porter
  • Costumes for a Musical - Lemuel Ayers
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