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B’way’s ‘Kate’ will kiss off as of Dec. 30

Tony Award-winning musical to shutter after 876 perfs

Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow, producers of “Kiss Me, Kate” on Broadway, have declared that Dec. 30 will see the show’s 876th and final performance.

Capitalized at $6.5 million, the show opened Nov. 18, 1999, at the Martin Beck Theater. According to the Variety “Critics’ Tally,” reviewers liked what they saw: The production received 17 favorable notices, one negative and two mixed. “Kiss Me, Kate” went on to win the Tony Awards for best revival, actor (Brian Stokes Mitchell), direction (Michael Blakemore), orchestrations (Don Sebesky) and costume design (Martin Pakledinaz).

Cole Porter’s reworking of “The Taming of the Shrew” first played on Broadway in 1948; the current incarnation, now starring Carolee Carmello and Moses Burke, is the show’s first major Gotham revival.

“Sweet Smell of Success,” by John Guare, Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia, is expected to take the place of “Kiss Me, Kate” at the Martin Beck, with the new musical’s opening set for March.

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