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Kiss Me, Kate

May 14 - June 14, 2015

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Choreographed by Peggy Hickey
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Kiss Me, Kate

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Meet the Artist: Peggy Hickey

An Interview with the Choreographer of
Kiss Me, Kate

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has been one of our most gratifying collaborations as it has gone on to win so much acclaim. It has been a thrill seeing our work reach such a wide and appreciative audience!"
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Hartford Stage Partners with
The Hartford

Community Partnership Strives to Enrich the Lives of Students

“I see future patrons of the arts in students who might not otherwise be interested in theatre,” said one teacher.
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Breakdancing Shakespeare

Meet the Man behind the Dance Moves – Brandon Couloute

Breakdancing and Shakespeare: One would not normally expect the two to have anything in common.
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The Production of The Taming
of the Shrew

Behind Kiss Me, Kate

The original idea for Kiss Me, Kate was inspired by tales of the backstage antics of early 20th Century theatre stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
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The Legacy of Cole Porter

A Brief History

Cole Albert Porter was born to a well-to-do-family in Peru, Indiana, in 1891. Porter was a gifted child, learning to play violin and piano at age six. He was already composing songs by the time he turned 10. At age 11, Porter composed a piano piece called “The Bobolink Waltz.”
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Meet the Cast of Kiss Me, Kate

Wayne Pretlow Returns Home to Hartford

From growing up as a shy kid in Hartford, then appearing in a Hartford Stage summer youth production of Kiss Me, Kate, and now returning to Hartford Stage to play Pops in Darko Tresnjak’s Kiss Me, Kate – Wayne Pretlow has come full circle.
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Meet the Staff

Andy Palmer, Associate Production Manager

"I was really taken with the costume and set design. I remember thinking 'This is amazing.' But, it wasn’t until years later when I read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible that I understood that dramas, musicals, and comedies could be much more than just entertainment and spectacle."
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Short Takes

Annual Gala, Ad Club Award, and Youth Classes

More than 300 Hartford Stage supporters gathered April 25 for the annual gala, Party in the Paint Shop 6: Too Darn Hot. The festive evening included live and silent auctions; a sneak peek performance from Kiss Me, Kate; and a superb dinner by Billy Grant Catering.
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