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Bella Spewack

 
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Date of Birth: March 25, 1899
Date of Death: April 27, 1990 (91)

Birth Place: ROMANIA

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Bella Spewack Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1949 - Best Musical Gold Star
Bella Spewack, Kiss Me, Kate

Bella Spewack News

CRT Box Office Opens For All Summer Sales on May 23 Photo CRT Box Office Opens For All Summer Sales on May 23
by Stephi Wild - May 18, 2022

The Cortland Repertory Theatre Box Office will open Monday, May 23rd for all summer ticket sales for their 50th anniversary summer season.¬† CRT's Box Office is located at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street in downtown Cortland and is open Monday ‚Äď Friday from 9:00 AM ‚Äď 6:00 PM, and on Saturdays from noon ‚Äď 6:00 PM.¬†

Photos: First look at Curtain Players'  MY Three Angels Photo Photos: First look at Curtain Players' MY Three Angels
by Jerri Shafer - May 3, 2022

It's Christmas Eve in the tropical prison colony of Cayenne, French Guiana, where the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Hopeless shopkeeper Felix Ducotel has hired three convicts - two of them murderers, the third a swindler - to fix his roof. But when Felix's evil cousin arrives to oust Felix and his family from their business, the three convicts realize the Ducatels need a few guardian angels, and decide to use every criminal art they possess to set matters right. Written by Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack, based on La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson Directed by Stephen Grinch, the Cast includes: Randy Benge (Joseph), Al Minor (Jules), Tiarra Dapo (Marie Louise Ducotel), Julie Emmert (Mme. Parole), Brian Henry (Henri Trouchard), Jeff Kemeter (Lieutenant), Randy Lenhart (Felix Ducotel), Cheryl Nelson (Emilie Ducotel), Patrick Petrilla (Paul), & Kyle Smith (Alfred) Performances run May 6 thru May 22, 2022 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.org

Cortland Rep Announces 50th Anniversary Summer Season For 2022 Photo Cortland Rep Announces 50th Anniversary Summer Season For 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

Cortland Repertory Theatre has announced their 2022 5-show summer season to be held at the Little York Pavilion in Preble, NY, as a celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The season will run from June 8 ‚Äď August 20 and will contain three musicals and two plays.

Union High School Performing Arts Company Will Present KISS ME, KATE Beginning This W Photo Union High School Performing Arts Company Will Present KISS ME, KATE Beginning This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2022

‚ÄčThis April, the Union High School Performing Arts Company (UHSPAC) will be performing Kiss Me, Kate; Licensed through Concord Theatricals, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack.

BWW Interview: BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL at Lesher Center For The Arts Sings in Celebrati Photo BWW Interview: BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL at Lesher Center For The Arts Sings in Celebration of Life
by Jim Munson - Feb 22, 2022

BroadwayWorld talks to legendary actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell about the uplifting show he'll be performing at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on February 25th.

Cortland Repertory Theatre Announces Auditions for 50th Anniversary Summer Season Photo Cortland Repertory Theatre Announces Auditions for 50th Anniversary Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 3, 2022

Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland, NY has announced auditions for non-union performers, ages 19 and up, for their upcoming 50th¬†Anniversary summer season of professional theatre in Central New York.¬† Auditions will be held at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland, NY from Friday, January 21 ‚Äď Sunday, January 23.

Cortland Rep Announces 50th Anniversary Summer Season Photo Cortland Rep Announces 50th Anniversary Summer Season
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 1, 2021

Cortland Repertory Theatre, one of New York State's longest running professional summer theatres, is announcing their 50th Anniversary summer season slated for 2022.

KISS ME, KATE Will Be Performed at the Marriott Theatre This Month Photo KISS ME, KATE Will Be Performed at the Marriott Theatre This Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 5, 2021

The first ever Tony Award winner for Best Musical, based on the book by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is to be directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller. In a twist of fate, Miller will make her mainstage directorial debut at the Marriott Theatre roughly 20 years after making her acting debut under the very same spotlight. Musical direction for this production is led by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson with choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez.  

Watch Broadway Shows Online - 130 Musicals That You Can Stream Now! Photo Watch Broadway Shows Online - 130 Musicals That You Can Stream Now!
by Team BWW - Apr 4, 2021

Visit our list of the best musicals & shows you can watch from the comfort of your home! We've got you covered with all the must-sees on streaming sites.

Independent Theatre Presents MY THREE ANGELS Photo Independent Theatre Presents MY THREE ANGELS
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2021

After a being postponed for a year, South Australia's beloved Independent Theatre will present the comedy My Three Angels, which inspired one of Australia's first TV dramas back in 1962.

Bella Spewack Videos

BWW TV: They Open on Broadway! Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & More Celebrate Opening Nigh VideoBWW TV: They Open on Broadway! Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & More Celebrate Opening Night of KISS ME, KATE!
by TV - Opening Night Special - Mar 15, 2019

They open in Venice on Broadway! It was all wunderbar last night at Studio 54, as Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase, and the company of Roundabout's latest musical, Kiss Me, Kate, celebrated opening night.

BWW TV: KISS ME KATE's Sarah Meahl Takes Over Instagram For Opening Night! VideoBWW TV: KISS ME KATE's Sarah Meahl Takes Over Instagram For Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 15, 2019

Last night's opening night of Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54 was too darn hot, and we got a sneak peek at all of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans thanks to cast member Sarah Meahl's Instagram Story takeover! So if you missed all the fun (or just want to relive it all again), we've collected posts from throughout the day to give you a glimpse at what it's like to open a Broadway show. Check out all of the Wunderbar footage below!

VIDEO: Watch KISS ME, KATE's Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase Exchange Holiday Gifts! VideoVIDEO: Watch KISS ME, KATE's Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase Exchange Holiday Gifts!
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate is coming back to Broadway with favorite Tony winning soprano Kelli O'Hara leading the cast alongside Will Chase. Below, watch as Chase gets in the holiday spirit by wrapping gifts for some of his co-stars!

VIDEO: First Look at 'Tom, Dick, or Harry' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre VideoVIDEO: First Look at 'Tom, Dick, or Harry' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2018

See brand new footage from 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate, a significant work in the canon of great musical theater, features a dynamic cast including the previously announced Cayman Ilika as Lilli Vanessi/Kate,Ben Davis as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Clyde Alves as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Robyn Hurder as Lois Lane/Bianca. Joining them is an acclaimed local lineup of 5th Avenue Theatre favorites including Allen Fitzpatrick as General Howell, Allen Galli as Second Man, Sarah Russell as Hattie, Jeff Steitzer as Harry/Batista, Ty Willis as Paul and Richard Ziman as First Man.

VIDEO: First Look at 'Too Darn Hot' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre VideoVIDEO: First Look at 'Too Darn Hot' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2018

See brand new footage of the number 'Too Darn Hot' from 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate, a significant work in the canon of great musical theater, features a dynamic cast including the previously announced Cayman Ilika as Lilli Vanessi/Kate,Ben Davis as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Clyde Alves as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Robyn Hurder as Lois Lane/Bianca. Joining them is an acclaimed local lineup of 5th Avenue Theatre favorites including Allen Fitzpatrick as General Howell, Allen Galli as Second Man, Sarah Russell as Hattie, Jeff Steitzer as Harry/Batista, Ty Willis as Paul and Richard Ziman as First Man.

VIDEO: Get A First Look at 'Wundebar' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look at 'Wundebar' from KISS ME, KATE at 5th Avenue Theatre
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2018

See brand new footage of the number 'Wundebar' from 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate, a significant work in the canon of great musical theater, features a dynamic cast including the previously announced Cayman Ilika as Lilli Vanessi/Kate,Ben Davis as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Clyde Alves as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Robyn Hurder as Lois Lane/Bianca. Joining them is an acclaimed local lineup of 5th Avenue Theatre favorites including Allen Fitzpatrick as General Howell, Allen Galli as Second Man, Sarah Russell as Hattie, Jeff Steitzer as Harry/Batista, Ty Willis as Paul and Richard Ziman as First Man.

VIDEO: First Look at 5th Avenue Theatre's Production of KISS ME, KATE VideoVIDEO: First Look at 5th Avenue Theatre's Production of KISS ME, KATE
by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2018

See brand new footage from 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate, a significant work in the canon of great musical theater, features a dynamic cast including the previously announced Cayman Ilika as Lilli Vanessi/Kate,Ben Davis as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Clyde Alves as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio and Robyn Hurder as Lois Lane/Bianca. Joining them is an acclaimed local lineup of 5th Avenue Theatrefavorites including Allen Fitzpatrick as General Howell, Allen Galli as Second Man, Sarah Russell as Hattie, Jeff Steitzer as Harry/Batista, Ty Willis as Paul andRichard Ziman as First Man.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights! Anastasia Barzee and More in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2015

The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewackand an iconic score by Cole Porter, is a spectacular revival in collaboration with Hartford Stage, choreographed by Peggy Hickey and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage in 2013. The Old Globe engagement runs now through August 2, with opening night tonight, July 9, on the Donald and Darlene ShileyStage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: KISS ME, KATE Comes to The Old Vic
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2012

Trevor Nunn directs the Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of KISS ME, KATE, with Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, which opened in November at the Old Vic.


Bella Spewack Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Bella Spewack written?
Bella Spewack has written 11 shows including The War Song (Playwright), Poppa (Playwright), Clear All Wires (Playwright), Spring Song (Playwright), Boy Meets Girl (Playwright), Leave It to Me! (Bookwriter), Miss Swan Expects (Playwright), Woman Bites Dog (Playwright), Kiss Me, Kate (Bookwriter), My 3 Angels (Playwright), Festival (Playwright).

What awards has Bella Spewack been nominated for?
Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate .

What awards has Bella Spewack won?
Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate.