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Monday, July 30, 2007

Get a Kiss from Kate July 27th - August 12th at the Lesnieski Center in Lisle and the Athenaem Theatre in Chicago


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Time to Brush up Your Shakespeare, here's Another Op'n'n Another Show where the heat between the fighting leads gets Too Damn Hot until whether they like it or not they are Falling in Love Aain. But will their tempers and egos let them stay together or cause the biggest breakup since The War of the Roses? (Think Michael Douglas, Kathleen Tuner and Danny Divito).

Here's a musical adaptation that's really worth checking out! Originally on Broadway, this is one of Cole Porter's finest works.

Did you say acoustics? at the Atheneum the theatrical space is incredible. I should know, I've been on both sides of the curtain as an actor and as an audience member.

Built as an opera house for the thriving and wealthy German Community in the area that surrounded St. Alphonsus Church, the Atheneum Theater was meant to compete with the Opera Houses of Europe and few expenses were spared to support the productions there, from three story fly space for the flats that hold the backgrounds for the sets, to full size dressing rooms for the cast filling the basement under the stage including room for an entire orchestra and the kind of traps needed for the kind of ups and downs needed for many a show.

With all that care built into a theater, the acoustics for a musical, especially one of this kind, are marvelous. Kiss me Kate is not to be missed if you can possibly make it.
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NightBlue Theater Presents:
Come see one of Chicago's premier theater companies with a 13 piece jazz orchestra in Cole Porter's most famous work,
featuring songs such as:

Another Op'nin', Another Show
Too Darn Hot
Always True to You
So In Love
Tom, Dick or Harry
and many, many more!!!

on the Athenaeum Theater Mainstage
2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657
August 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th at 8pm
August 5th and 12th at 3pm
Tickets $20-25
over the phone or in person at the Athenaeum box office
and at...
The Lesnieski Center
16028 W. 127th St., Lemont, IL 60439
July 27th-28th 8pm
July 29th 3pm

Tickets $18 Adults / $15 Seniors and Students
Call 630-257-3077

A collection will be taken to benefit Breast Cancer Research,
and a free ticket is available for breast cancer survivors by calling 630-257-3077 or email tina@nightbluetheater.com.

A limited number of rush tickets will be available at all Hot Tix locations the day of the show.
An industry discount night will be announced in Performink magazine.
11976 Holly Court | Lemont, IL 60439 | www.nightbluetheater.com

Here's some more information about the show. Sorry I can't tell you about the Lenski center, I've never been there. But the show, a musical version of Skakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, a rousing and funny update of one of the Bard's classic comedy of tension, anger and fire turned to love between true equals.

Welcome to Baltimore! Fred Graham’s theater company is about to premiere a musical version of Shakespeare’s the Taming of the Shrew, starring Fred and his recent ex-wife, Lilli as Petruchio and Kate.

Fred and Lilli are now happily celebrating the one-year anniversary of their divorce when love blooms again, as Lilli mistakenly receives flowers meant for Fred’s new love, Taming’s Bianca, Lois Lane .

Lois, meanwhile, is frantic because her current beau, Bill Calhoun (playing Lucentio) has signed Fred’s name on a gambling debt and now her future on Broadway is in jeopardy. Add in two unsavory characters come to collect their dough and Lilli’s new fiancé, a high-ranking government official, and it’s a wonder the show can go on! Tempers flare both on-stage and off as Fred and Lilli learn that yes, they still do love each other.

Featuring Broadway favorites like “Another Openin’, Another Show”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” and “Wunderbarr” and a toe-tapping score by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate is sure to please the entire family.

July 27th-29th Lesnieski Center
Lemont, IL 60439
Tickets $18 / $15 Senior & Student
For Tickets: 630.257.3077
August 3rd-5th
August 10th-12th
The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657
Tickets $20-25
For Tickets: 312.902.1500 or www.ticketmaster.com

Cast and Staff

Rocco Ayala
David Baldwin
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio
Dominic Boyte
Jessica Bradley
Ensemble/Bianca Understudy
Eleni Frank
Jamin Gahm
Sarah Gilbert
Eric Hawrysz
Taryn Herman
Tobi Lowrance
Dance Captain
Caitlin McKechney
Lilli Vanessi/Kate
Matt Morales
1st Man
Maura Murrihy O'Flaherty
Pit Singer/Ensemble
Paul Packer
Joanne Ray
J.R. Wilson
2nd Man
Keith Rumbaugh
Harry Trevor/Baptista
Joseph Smith
Fred Graham/Petruchio
Amanda Lee Squibb
Lois Lane/Bianca
Tom Zettergren
Gen. Harrison Howell
David E. Walters
Nick Zahara-Such
Assistant Director
Pat Rinkenberger
Vocal Director
Laura Zettergren
Sheryl Cloud
Rehearsal Pianist
Sara Schwanke
Stage Managerzzz

Go to the group's website for more information, especially funny is the Cast Unplugged Page.

Once again, for a great night out, try Nightblue Performing Arts Company's/Theater's Kiss Me Kate!

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