Kiss Me, Kate: Musical Info & Synopsis


Kiss Me, Kate is a romantic comedy that revolves around the backstage antics of a theatre company who is performing a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The story follows the relationship between Fred Graham, the show’s director and star, and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, who plays the leading lady. As the onstage drama intertwines with their real-life conflicts, Kiss Me, Kate touches on themes of love, theatre, and the magic of the stage.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Setting: 1940s / USA (Maryland)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter

Book: Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1948)➝

Studio Cast (1959)➝

Television Cast (1966)➝

Studio Cast (1996)➝

Broadway Cast (2000)➝

Broadway Cast (2019) ➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1940s, ClassicMetamusicalPopular, Rom-Com, Tap DanceTony Award

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