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
Nancy Kathryn Anderson ...
Lois Lane / Bianca (as Nancy Anderson)
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Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Nicholas Colicos ...
Harrison Howell (as Nicolas Colicos)
Teddy Kempner ...
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Nolan Frederick ...
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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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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 The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980) 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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A Musical Masterpiece
27 February 2003 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

I was just commenting the evening of February 26, 2003 that Great Performances on PBS needed to have more musicals from Broadway. Sure enough that evening KISS ME KATE appeared and completely took me by surprise.

This revival musical had everything that it needed. It started out a little slow, but as it progressed they gave us great music and astounding dancing. The story was well written set against Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, the music was spectacular as written by the great Cole Porter, and the acting was extremely well done by the entire cast. This show is certainly a must see.

Highlights include: So In Love, It's Too Darn Hot, Always True to You Darling In My Fashion, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare


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