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Music: Primary Sources: Porter, Cole 1891-1964

Porter: Kiss Me, Kate


Porter, Cole. 1948-49. Kiss Me, Kate A Musical Comedy Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Bella Spewack Choreography by Hanya Holm Settings & Costumes designed by Lemuel Ayers Production Staged by John C. Wilson. A collection of 16 separately-published numbers in first edition. New York: T.B. Harms.

Call no. : Music 782.14 P844 k6 

Folio. Original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in red and blue. 

First Edition of the first version.  

Titles include:

So in Love  

Why Can't You Behave


Always True to You in My Fashion   


I Hate Men  

I Am Ashamed that Women Are So Simple  

Too Darn Hot  

I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua  

Another Op'nin', Another Show  

We Open in Venice  

Tom, Dick or Harry  

Where is the Life that Late I Led?  

I Sing of Love  

Brush up Your Shakespeare  


16 of the 17 published songs: the song "Were Thine That Special Face" is not present.

First Editions. First performed in New York on December 30, 1948, Kiss Me Kate was one of Porter's most successful shows. 

"In 1937 Porter was injured in a riding accident on Long Island, which cost him the use of his legs and required the eventual amputation of one, and caused him constant pain for the rest of his life. The demoralizing effect of this and the lack of any success with his songs for the next ten years gave rise to self-doubts and public speculation about his abilities as a songwriter. In 1948, however, he produced his masterpiece, Kiss Me, Kate; this musical play, based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, was a departure from the song-and-dance musical comedies he had written, but it included some eight songs that became immensely popular." Deane L. Root and Gerald Bordman in Grove online. 

Descriptions provided by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians


Further readings:

Kiss Me, Kate from The Oxford Companion to the American Musical 

Cole Porter from When Broadway went to Hollywood by Ethan Mordden



Modern versions available in the Music Library

The singer's musical theatre anthology. Soprano. Volume 1 : a collection of songs from the musical stage, categorized by voice type : the selections are presented in their authentic settings, excerpted from the original vocal scores.

Include "So in love" from Kiss me, Kate.

Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, [2000] 

Call no.: Music 783.42 S61 W v.1  anthology  


     Kiss me, Kate.

     New York, NY : Video Artists International, 1958

     Online resource