->''Brush up your [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], start quoting him now.''

A 1948 [[TheMusical musical]] by Music/ColePorter. ''Kiss Me Kate'' was an answer to ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' in that the music advanced the plot. It also won the first Tony Award for Best Musical (along with four other Tonys). A UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie version was released in 1953.

It's Baltimore, post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. High-minded actor Fred Graham is trying out his musical version of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', starring as Petruchio opposite his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi in the title role ("Another Op'nin', Another Show"). Fellow actress Lois Lane (Bianca) laments the behavior of chronic gambler Bill Calhoun (Lucentio), as Bill has signed Fred's name to a large gambling debt ("Why Can't You Behave?"). Fred and Lilli reminisce about old times ("Wunderbar"), but soon start to argue. Lilli realizes she still loves Fred ("So In Love"), and when a bouquet of flowers from Fred (actually intended for Lois) arrives in her dressing room, she rejoices even more. The show opens with Fred, Lilli, Bill, and Lois onstage ("We Open in Venice"), and continues with numbers by Lois and Bill ("Tom, Dick, or Harry"), Fred ("I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua") and Lilli ("I Hate Men"). But things start to go awry when Lilli reads the ''note'' included with the bouquet, acting out onstage and forcing Fred to take matters into his own hands. By spanking her in front of the audience.

Meanwhile, backstage, Fred is approached by [[NoNameGiven two thugs]] who come to collect the IOU Bill signed Fred's name to. To stop Lilli from quitting the show, Fred tells the two men he can only pay their boss the money with the profits from the night's performance. In between his scenes ("Were Thine That Special Face"), Fred convinces the Two Men to do a little convincing of their own. The gangsters "cajole" Lilli into staying on the show ("Cantiamo d'Amore", "Kiss Me, Kate").

During the {{Intermission}}, Fred's dresser Paul and the rest of the ensemble cast complain about the weather ("Too Darn Hot"). Lilli calls her boyfriend, General Harrison Howell, to complain about Fred's treatment of her, and the General immediately drives down to rescue her while the show goes on ("Where is the Life that Late I Led?").

General Howell arrives to take Lilli away ("From This Moment On"). The Two Men find out their boss has been killed, so without an IOU to collect, they try to make their way out of the theater. Lois reassures Bill she has eyes only for him... sort of ("Always True to You") and Bill admits he couldn't leave her ("Bianca"). Fred desperately tries to get Lilli to perform the rest of the show, realizing he still loves her too ("So In Love (Reprise)"). Lilli leaves with Howell. The Two Men get stuck out on stage and improvise ("Brush Up Your Shakespeare"). Fred resigns himself to finish the last scene of the show, not expecting 'Kate' to come onstage. He is surprised but overjoyed when she does; Lilli came back ("I Am Ashamed that Women are so Simple") ("Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)").

Its best known song is "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". "Another Op'nin' Another Show" is also widely recognized.
!!Includes examples of:
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Slightly under half the show is a musical adaptation of ''The Taming of the Shrew''.
* {{Antihero}}: Fred.
* TheBardOnBoard
* BelligerentSexualTension: Fred and Lilli.
--> '''Lilli''': Whose fault was it?
--> '''Fred''': Could have been your temper.
--> '''Lilli''': Could have been your ego.
* BetaCouple: Bill and Lois.
* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In the musical number "Too Darn Hot", the line "according to the Kinsey Report" was changed to "according to the latest report" in the film version. The word "bastard" was replaced in the film with [[GoshDarnItToHeck "you louse"]]. Many of the lyrics of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" were changed.
* BrainlessBeauty: Lois
* ComedyOfRemarriage: Implied at the end.
* ComedicSpanking: Lilli receives a good one from Fred at the end of the first act, technically in character as Katherina but she had it coming herself as well. This sets up a RunningGag of her being unable to sit down well into the second act.
* CrowdSong: "Another Op'nin', Another Show", "Bianca", "Kiss Me Kate".
* DelusionsOfEloquence: The Two Men. (It's implied that they did a lot of reading in prison.)
* DoubleEntendre: It's a show by Cole Porter -- would you expect anything else?
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: The Two Men.
* TheGambler: Bill.
* GodwinsLaw: The dialog between Fred and Lilli
--->'''Lilli''': "I'm marrying an important man! Do the words "World War 2" mean anything to you?"
--->'''Fred''': "[[DeadpanSnarker You're marrying]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker Adolf Hitler?]]''"
* IAmSong: "Always True to You".
* TheIngenue: Subverted with Lois. She plays one on stage as Bianca but is far less virginal off stage.
* IntercourseWithYou: "I'd like to coo with my baby tonight, pitch the woo with my baby tonight, but [[SubvertedTrope I ain't up to my baby tonight]] 'cuz it's ''[[TitleDrop too darn hot!]]''"
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Too Darn Hot".
* IWantSong: "Why Can't You Behave".
* KarmaHoudini: Bill. He signs Fred's name to a large gambling debt (to pay for money that Fred doesn't actually have) and his punishment for this is [[spoiler: the mob boss that wanted Fred to pay up conveniently dies just in time for Bill and Lois to reconcile and go on to star in what we presume will be a very successful play.]]
* LargeHam: The Two Men, with Fred and General Howell trying to out-ham them.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Kiss Me, Kate" is a line within "The Taming of the Shrew."
** Also, "Always True to You in My Fashion" is probably an intentional paraphrase of a line from the poem "Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae" (better known as simply "Cynara") by Ernest Dowson: "I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion." Bonus in-joke points because the speaker has been indulging ''a lot'' in [[HookersAndBlow wine, women and song]] in an unsuccessful attempt to forget Cynara.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Because it's too darn hot.
* LoveableRogue: Bill
* NoNameGiven: The Two Men, called 'Man 1' and 'Man 2' in the script.]
* ThePlan: Fred attempt this to keep Lilli in the show, it works for a while, but not long enough.
* PrecisionFStrike: "You ''BASTARD!''"
* ProsceniumReveal: Just before the overture reaches its final chords, the conductor cuts it off and asks, "Is that all right, Mr. Graham?" Fred enters and says, "Yes, the cut's good, leave it in."
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]]: The Two Men. If they're not threatening to kill you and sprinkle the pieces in the Bay, then they're theater enthusiasts who are happy to talk Shakespeare and performance.
* PushedInFrontOfTheAudience: The Two Men.
* ReallyGetsAround: Lois sings a whole song about it.
* RunningGag: Lilli is unable to sit down after Fred's spanking.
* SlapSlapKiss: Fred and Lily
* ShowWithinAShow[=/=]TheMusicalMusical: The musical version of ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', which itself is a ShowWithinAShow, based on the opening number of their musical, ''We Open In Venice''.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Fred and Lily do quite a bit of this.
* StylisticSuck: "Bianca" which is supposed to be a bad poem that Bill wrote for Lois.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Wunderbar".
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Two Men (Slug and Lippy).
* {{Tsundere}}: Lily oh so much.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Lilli and Lois. Subverted in that Lilli is a Tomboy with attitude but is also very feminine and a soprano.
* WorldOfHam: In and Out of Universe.