Great Performances: Season 31, Episode 9

Kiss Me Kate (26 Feb. 2003)

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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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Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
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Lois Lane / Bianca (as Nancy Anderson)
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Harrison Howell (as Nicolas Colicos)
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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 »

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Fred Graham 'Petruchio': The studio has fired you. You have the worst temper in show biz. You bit King Kong and gave him rabies!
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Version of Kiss Me, Kate (1958) See more »

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I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Sung by Rachel York
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Remember the creators
26 December 2006 | by (New York, NY) – 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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