The Season
Kiss Me, Kate

July 21 – July 31, 2022

Season Ended

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

The sophisticated, romantic and delightfully hilarious Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical. Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of four brilliant writers: Sam and Bella Spewack, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare.

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The battle of the sexes takes center stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham and his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi profess to hate each other. However, it soon becomes clear that their relationship is a little more complicated. Throw in some cases of mistaken identity and a few legendary comedic routines and you get Kiss Me, Kate.

Returning to the Mac-Haydn for the first time in 10 years, this production of Kiss Me, Kate is sure to be a blockbuster addition to the 2022 season. You will hear the Mac-Haydn musicians at their absolute best in this timeless score which features hits like “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”; “Always True To You In My Fashion” and “It’s Too Darn Hot”. Cole Porter’s exceptional musical will burst off the stage in our intimate setting and promises to leave you feeling so in love.

Erin Spears Ledford returns to the director’s chair after previously leading fan-favorite productions of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Wedding Singer” at the Mac-Haydn, among her many acting roles in Chatham. She is joined by choreographer Bryan Knowlton, known to Mac-Haydn audiences for his work on “Mamma Mia,” “Beehive,” “My Fair Lady” and “Rent.”

Meredith Lustig, last seen as Laurey in the hit Mac-Haydn production of “Oklahoma,” returns to the stage as Lilli Vanessi. She is joined by her husband, Michael Axtell, as Fred Graham, who makes his Mac-Haydn debut this summer.

Show Times

Jul 21 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 21 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 22 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 23 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 24 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 24 – 7:00PM Sunday
Jul 27 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Jul 28 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 28 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 29 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 30 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 30 – 8:00PM Saturday
Jul 31 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 31 – 7:00PM Sunday

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Creative Team and Cast

Erin Spears Ledford

Bryan Knowlton

Music Director
Assistant Music Director
Set Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Props Designer
Wig Designer

Lilli Vanessi (Katherine)
Fred Graham (Petruchio)
Bill Calhoun
Lois Lane (Bianca)
General Harrison Howell
General Harrison Howell
Pops, Padua Priest, Stagehand
Dance Captain
Harry Trevor (Baptista)
Flynt (Gremio)
Riley (Hortensio)
Stagehand (Philip)
Stagehand, Cab Drive, Nathaniel
Wardrobe Lady, Haberdasher

The Season