Kiss Me, Kate!

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Kiss Me, Kate!

Here it is for the first time in Romania, out Theatre has decided to bring on stage a very special musical title: “Kiss me, Kate!”, on the music of the famous Cole Porter and the libretto by Sam and Bella Spewack.

The interest for the musical is not al all recent in the Operetta Theatre. The famous tenor Ion Dacian, whose name is honoured by this Theatre, set-up “My Fair Lady” by Frederick Loewe, shorty after the world Premiere. Then, in the ‘70s, the musical “Oklahoma” by Richard Rodgers was staged. Later followed “Hello, Dolly!” by Jerry Herman, two different productions of “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, and in recent years the success of the house has been ensured, among others, by the famous montage with “Romeo and Juliet” by Gerard Presgurvic, “Rebecca” by Sylvester Levay, or the title that broke all records worldwide, “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Conductor Constantin Grigore
Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Ștefan Popov
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Daniela Bucșan
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Mihaela Alexa
Hattie – Letiția Vlădescu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Filip Ristovski
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Victor Bucur
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Anton Zidaru
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Daniel Găină
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Octavian Ștefănescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician) / Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Conductor Alexandru Ilie
Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Cătălin Petrescu
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Daniela Bucșan
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Amelia Antoniu
Hattie – Oana Rusu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Adrian Nour
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Florin Budnaru
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Cristian Caraman
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Victor Bucur
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Octavian Ștefănescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician) / Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General Driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Cătălin Petrescu
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Gabriela Daha
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Mihaela Alexa
Hattie – Letiția Vlădescu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Adrian Nour
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Victor Bucur
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Anton Zidaru
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Andrei Daniel Găină
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Lorendi Rădulescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician)/ Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Cătălin Petrescu
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Gabriela Daha
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Rodica Ștefan
Hattie – Letiția Vlădescu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Filip Ristovski
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Victor Bucur
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Anton Zidaru
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Andrei Daniel Găină
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Lorendi Rădulescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician) / Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Cătălin Petrescu
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Daniela Bucșan
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Amelia Antoniu
Hattie – Oana Rusu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Filip Ristovski
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Florin Budnaru
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Cristian Caraman
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Victor Bucur
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Octavian Ștefănescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician) / Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Fred Graham / Petruchio  – Ștefan Popov
Harry Trevor / Baptista – Alexandru Onea
Lois Lane / Bianca – Mediana Vlad
Ralph – Marius Meragiu
Lilli Vanessi / Katarina – Rodica Ștefan
Hattie – Oana Rusu
Pops – Alois Doboș
Paul – Adrian Nour
Bill Calhoun / Lucenzio – Victor Bucur
First Man – Orest Pîslariu
Second Man – Valentino Tiron
Harrison Howell – Cristian Caraman
Actor 1 / Hortensio – Andrei Daniel Găină
Actor 2 / Gremio – Andrei Pleșca
Choreographer – Octavian Ștefănescu
Stagehand # 1 (electrician) / Flynt / Cook – Alexandru Vasile
Stagehand # 2 (assistant electrician) / Philip / Riley – Răzvan Rusu
Stagehand # 3 / Gregory / General Driver – George Matei
Cab driver / Nathaniel – Victor Bunea
Wardrobe Lady – Carmen Angheloiu
Merchant – Mihăiță Radu

Cast

Show Details

Conductor Chorus Ensemble: Aurel Muraru
Director, Scenography and Lighting Design: Catalin I. Arbore
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Libretto by Sam and Bella Spewack

The case of “Kiss me, Kate!” it is a very special one. This title is one of the few titles that have been hugely successful since the world Premiere in 1948, to this day, in America and in different corners of the world. But not success is the defining element of this title as the fame of being part of those classic works of the genre, which have the “Golden rule”, without which the musical comedy, or the “musical”, as it is briefly called, does not there could be. This “Golden rule” was established with the exit “to the ramp” of a title that, paradoxically, is much closer to the Operetta genre. This is the “Show Boat” by Jerome Kern, who also emphasizes the birth and completion of this kind of show. Following what composers from ancient times sought (Christoph Willibard Gluck, Claudio Monteverdi, Richard Wagner), namely a total syncretism of all the arts that make up the stage performance, the musical contains seemingly easy music, grafted onto the influences of Afro-amero-indians music, especially those of jazz, often strongly rhythm. It is the line that marks love duets with a rarely encountered softness and a languorous romance, or demonic  dances that hardly let the viewers jump from their chairs. The comedy element is permanently present through the comic of acting situations, conducted with the precision of a Swiss watch. The scenic image is, as in the Operetta, one of an opulence and a special luxury, meant to relax and to lead the spectator away from the daily worries. It was even said that the musical was born as a “recipe” for rescuing the American people from the crisis of the years ’20.