Kiss of the Spider Woman

This production is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes one 15 minute intermission, water-based haze, and a gunshot.

Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the novel by Manuel Puig
Directed & Choreographed by Rachel Bertone
Music Direction by Dan Rodriguez
Scenic Design by Janie E. Howland
Costume Design by Marian Bertone
Lighting Design by Frank Meissner Jr.
Sound Design by Andrew Duncan Will
Projection by Johnathan Carr
Production Stage Manager: L. Arkansas Light
Assistant Stage Manager: Nerys Powell

Season Sponsored by Barry Bluestone, Lee and Diana Humphrey, and 

Production sponsored by Nina & Don Berk

Director Rachel Bertone sponsored by 

Music Director Dan Rodriguez sponsored by Jo-An Heileman

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Fantasy and reality become tangled in a dark web in this smash musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and CabaretKiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies.  Cellmates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough Argentine revolutionary and Molina is an unapologetic homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina escapes from the terrifying reality of prison life by sharing his fantasies about a mysterious 1940s movie star who takes on the role of a Spider Woman who can kill with a kiss.

“One of Broadway’s most thrilling musicals! The most intelligent musical of the season!” – New York Times

The Best of Kander & Ebb!


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101 – Kiss of the Spider Woman with Rachel Bertone

Join Kiss of the Spider Woman director and choreographer Rachel Bertone as she brings us behind the scenes into her planning, preparation, and vision for this production of Kander and Ebb’s smash musical in our very first episode of our new podcast, Lyric Off Stage! You can also listen to this podcast on About Kiss of the Spider Woman Fantasy […]

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Director Rachel Bertone’s Passion for Incredible Stories

Kiss of the Spider Woman director Rachel Bertone has a history of taking incredible musicals and turning them into unmissable experiences.  Here are just a few of our favorites! Kimberly Fife, Katrina Pavao, Phil Tayler, Joy Clark and Caroline Workman in Cabaret. Photo by Sharman Altshuler. From DigBoston’s Review of Moonbox’s production of Cabaret: Taking on iconic material is always a […]

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Director Rachel Bertone on Kiss of the Spider Woman & Why We’re Performing It Now

We sat down with Kiss of the Spider Woman Director Rachel Bertone for the first installment of our new series: Why3, a directorial take on why this production is important, why it should be performed at the Lyric Stage, and why we should see it now. Why this play? We need to see more representation of queer people of color on […]

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“Kiss Of The Spider Woman” Opens At The Lyric Stage In Boston

Boxing Over Broadway:

 Kiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies.

Cast & Crew

Photo of Eddy CavazosEddy Cavazos Molina

Eddy Cavazos (Molina) is making his Lyric Stage debut. He most recently appeared in his solo cabaret, #Masc4Mascara, at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Other credits include Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty (The Gallery Players), White Christmas(Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Junie B. Jones (Theatre Aspen), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatre Aspen), Hairspray (All Star Theatre), and The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre Company). He would like to thank the entire cast and creative team for their hard work, his family and friends for encouraging him to tell stories, and everyone who continuously supports the arts! M.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory. @yayitseddy


Photo of Taavon GambleTaavon Gamble* – Valentin

Taavon Gamble* (Valentin) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Tour: Seussical. Regional: Ragtime, Oklahoma! (Trinity Rep), The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage), North Shore Music Theatre, Dames at Sea (Greater Boston Stage Company), A Chorus Line (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Theatre By The Sea, Ivoryton Playhouse, Reagle Music Theatre, The Hanover Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, West Virginia Public and others. Point Park University graduate.


Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda* –

* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)



Ticket Prices

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Wed Mat $55 $38
Wed/Thur/Fri $71 $51
Sat/Sun $77 $57

Press & Reviews

“Very, very powerful!”

WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen

“Director-choreographer Rachel Bertone’s stirring production at Lyric Stage Company of Boston makes a pretty good case that the distinctive merits of the musical adaptation should be recognized by contemporary audiences, particularly when anchored by a trio as accomplished and committed as Eddy Cavazos, Taavon Gamble, and Lisa Yuen.  …the musical steadily, almost sneakily, intensifies its hold on you, scene by scene.
A wrenching escape into fantasy in Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ | The Boston Globe

“Rachel Bertone takes this epic musical and brings out the dramatic and comic moments perfectly and provides dynamite choreography for the Spiderwoman’s many numbers while Dan Rodriguez supplies the musical direction for this Kander and Ebb Tony Award winning show.”

“For an emotion packed seldom done musical treat, be sure to catch ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ where you will laugh and cry in all the right places with the splendid direction, choreography, musical direction and talent of this cast. Run do not walk to the box office.”
Lyric’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN a Gritty, Liberating Love Story | The Theater Mirror

Taavon Gamble, one of the more versatile actors working on the Boston stage today, is superb as Valentin. He allows himself to be affected by Molina and we watch, scene by scene, as his character breaks down the protective layer he’s built around himself.”

“Lisa Yuen, as Aurora, is the epitome of femininity and glamour; it is easy to see why the effeminate Molina is so taken with her”

“You don’t want to miss this remarkable production, where fine acting, singing, dancing and storytelling merge to create an experience that will stay with you long after the applause has faded.
Lyric Casts a Seductive Spell with “Kiss of the Spider Woman” | The Theater Mirror

“Eddy Cavazos is superb as Molina. His body language speaks as much to the audience as do his lines. He moves about the stage with a patience that proves very effective for conveying the depth of the character of Molina.
Lyric Stage’s Kiss Of The Spider Woman Spins An Interesting Web | Boxing over Broadway

The design work here is riveting. Jake E. Howland surrounds the prison cell with weblike latices of wire fencing and ironwork that lean in with brutal psychological oppression. Franklin Meissner, Jr.’s lighting literally casts a pall over the scene, with slats of light that fall across the set with noirish moodiness. Marian Bertone’s costumes feel like a mix and match of repressive regimes, with hints of Castro’s Cuba and Franco’s Spain. Jonathan Carr creates projections that bring the play’s cinematic references to life, and lend the production its own filmic qualities.”
Kiss of the Spider Woman | Edge Media Network

Sheer entertainment.

“The score by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) is exquisitely rich and soulfully satisfying.

The ensemble is spot on with their singing as well as some clever dancing. Special kudos should be made to Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda*, as Molina’s mother. She produced some wonderfully powerful vocals.”

“Director/choreographer Rachel Bertone recognized that the intimacy of the Lyric Stage – its greatest strength – also presents its greatest challenge, and expertly tailors the production numbers to the Lyric space.”

“‘Spider Woman’ is both a difficult piece to do at all and especially do well, but Lyric has pulled it off gloriously.”

“[It] had me on my feet at the end, and thinking and feeling about it long afterward.”

“An intimate, emotional ride”

“The real engine of this show is the fierce vitality of its lead actors”
Theater Review: “Kiss of the Spider Woman” — Captivity Made Memorable | The Arts Fuse

“The novel for this musical is simply brilliant. Its complex themes of human relations, acceptance and love are extremely relevant in our current society.”

“This is one of the most challenging theatrical performances I have ever experienced.”
Lisa Yuen returns to the Boston stage in ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ | The Improper Boston

“A wrenching escape into fantasy”


A wrenching escape into fantasy in Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ | The Boston Globe

“What makes this show particularly fascinating is Bertone’s talent for depicting mounting tension, evident between each character who all share some sort of connection.”

“Lisa Yuen embodies the Spider Woman/Aurora with dark humor and beguiling charm…her haunting vocals are a magnetic presence

“Cavazos and Gamble’s scenes together are riveting, both delivering shrewd and gritty performances.”
REVIEW: Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ spins a fascinating web | The Sleepless Critic

“Dan Rodriguez…gets pizazz and a far bigger sound than anyone would expect from a five-piece orchestra.”

“The supporting players…make their characters come alive, even with minimal stage time, with the quality of their singing”
BWW Review: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: The Power of Love | Broadway World

August 31 — October 7
8:00 pm

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