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)
Nicholas Colicos ...
Harrison Howell (as Nicolas Colicos)
First Man
Jack Chissick ...
Second Man
Kaye Brown ...
Hattie (as Kaye E. Brown)
Nolan Frederick ...
Colin Farrell ...
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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The original Broadway production of "Kiss Me Kate" opened at the New Century Theater on December 30, 1948, ran for 1077 performances and won the 1954 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. See more »


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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Version of Kiss Me Kate (1968) See more »


So in Love
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Brent Barrett
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The definitive production and performances by the leads!
30 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a glorious production of "Kiss Me, Kate." Rachel York and Brent Barrett each bring an underlying tenderness to their characters that makes you ache to see them get back together in the end. Sure, they rant and rave and fight like wildcats, but never do you forget that they love each other. Too many productions of this very funny show make the leads one dimensional and totally unlikable, acting as if they hate each other. This production, directed and performed throughout with tremendous energy and skill, is first and foremost a love story. Everything else - the tongue-in-cheek humor, singing, dancing, orchestration, and even slapstick - is consistent with the passion that emanates from the two leads.

And the two leads are superb. Rachel York has a vocal range that is unequalled in musical theater today. She sings her torchy version of "So In Love" with a heartbreaking sincerity, then belts her "I Hate Men" with raucous wild abandon. She then reaches the stratosphere with her amazing coloratura soprano in her screamingly funny rendition of "Kiss Me, Kate." Brent Barrett proves to be her match every step of the way. He infuses his "Were Thine That Special Face" and reprise of "So in Love" with absolute adoration, but also demonstrates unbridled machismo in "I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua" and "Where Is the Life That Late I Led."

The entire cast keeps up with the pace set by York and Barrett. The show never lets down, and everyone seems to be having great good fun with the unrepressed music and lyrics of Cole Porter. This PBS version of "Kiss Me, Kate" will undoubtedly prove to be a classic, with the performances by Rachel York and Brent Barrett considered definitive. This Broadway revival will be the standard against which all other Kates are sure to be measured. It's a winner.

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