Cole Porter's Classic Musical.
Ames Community Theater is excited to close their 60th season with the classic 1940’s musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Written by Samuel and Bella Spewak with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical in 1949.
Directed by Mike Miller, the production is a show within a show! Domineering actor and director, Fred, and his difficult movie star ex-wife, Lilly, stage a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Fred & Lilli’s off-stage conflict is mirrored on-stage as they play the bickering Petruchio and Katherine. This bickering is fueled by Fred’s attentions to a young actress, Lois Lane. Although Lois is sweet on Fred, her heart belongs to gambler Bill Calhoun.
When Bill loses big he signs Fred Graham’s name to the IOU. Enter the two gangster “debt collectors.” When Lilli threatens to leave the production, Fred informs the two enforcers that without Lilli there will be no show and no repayment. Intent on recouping their money, the two gentlemen “collectors” stay close to Lilli to ensure she stays in the show ,and inadvertently wind up on stage themselves. Who knew gangsters could sing and dance?
According to Mike Miller, "This play was written to showcase Cole Porter’s music of the times. It is a story of two people who were in love and parted ways. Now can they rekindle their love or will life get in the way? It's got great music, acting, and dancing. Come on out and see the show. You won’t regret it.”