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Kiss Me Kate 

A live performance of the 1999 revival, taped in London in the theatre in which it was staged, and in front of a live audience.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
Nancy Kathryn Anderson ...
Lois Lane / Bianca (as Nancy Anderson)
Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Nicholas Colicos ...
Harrison Howell (as Nicolas Colicos)
Jack Chissick ...
Second Man
Kaye Brown ...
Hattie (as Kaye E. Brown)
Nolan Frederick ...
Colin Farrell ...
Harry Trevor / Baptista
Nick Winston ...
Barry McNeill ...
Alan Vicary ...
Ralph the Stage Manager
Andrew Spillett ...
Cab Driver / Nathaniel
Duncan Smith ...


A live performance of the 1999 revival, taped in London in the theatre in which it was staged, and in front of a live audience.

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Harrison Howell: Graham, you're a man of the world. We both know that women need a firm hand from time to time. In fact, between you and me, they like it.
Fred Graham 'Petruchio': 'Women should be struck regularly, like gongs'?
Harrison Howell: Who said that?
Fred Graham 'Petruchio': Noel Coward.
Harrison Howell: Now there's a man I'd like to meet! A straight talker!
Fred Graham 'Petruchio': Not exactly...!
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Were Thine That Special Face
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Brent Barrett
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Remember the creators
26 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a worthy recording for television of one of the best stage productions I've ever seen (I was lucky to see it on Broadway around 1999).

This being a movie site, it's understandable that the credits above read as they do, but I want to point out that the main creators of this production, which was the best traditional production of a book musical I've ever seen, are inadequately credited or not mentioned at all here.

The stage director, the great Michael Blakemore (who won a Tony Award for his work here) also adapted the material. The brilliant choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, is responsible for the spectacular dances that are the show's greatest element (though every piece of the puzzle, from the costumes and sets to the performances, is superb). Most hilarious is the passing mention of composer/lyricist Cole Porter, who is after all the creative genius that stands as the main creator of KISS ME KATE.

I also wanted to mention that, although everyone is good in this televised version, I missed some of the best performances from the Broadway cast, most notably Brian Stokes Mitchell in the male lead and Lee Wilkof as a singularly hilarious gangster.

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