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Naomi Price says
A musical play within a play, Kiss Me, Kate is set among a theatre troupe performing the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew. With a cheeky nod to the 2016 global Shakespeare celebrations, Opera Queensland is delighted to present the great Cole Porter’s multi- award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate.

Directed by Fred Graham, the show’s star, is at war with his fiery leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, whose bittersweet relationship results in glorious musical numbers including Wunderbar, So In Love and I Hate Men. Since winning the very first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949, Kiss Me, Kate has stayed beloved worldwide for Porter’s charming songs and lyrics and its backstage storyline involving an ambitious showgirl, her jealous boyfriend (Why Can’t You Behave?), fabulous dance numbers (Too Darn Hot) and two adorable gangsters who fall in love with showbiz (Brush Up Your Shakespeare).

This will mark the first time in almost 20 years that Cole Porter’s much-loved musical will be performed at The Concert Hall, QPAC.

SEMI-STAGED CONCERT

Director Kris Stewart
Conductor Guy Noble

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Cheryl Barker
Fred Graham/Petruchio Peter Coleman-Wright
1st gangster Bryan Probets
2nd gangster Shaun Brown
Lois Lane/Bianca Naomi Price
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio Jason Barry-Smith
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By: Naomi Price

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