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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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)
Teddy Kempner ...
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 »


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Music by Cole Porter
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Rachel York is THE star!
1 September 2004 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

The whole musical was wonderfully rendered, I was more surprised than delighted when watching it on Taiwan PTS.

Rachel York is definitely the star of the show, her impeccable layers of tone colours and surprising (again!) varieties of skills ranging from a possible Mozart's Queen of the Night, a Puccini's Mimi, Strauss' Rosalinde, to a Wagnerian Tristan, as very well mentioned in the previous IMDb member's comment.

York is a true actor and a fine musician.

Barrett somehow reminded me of the young Baryshnikov in the ballet version, both were dashing and fun. Baryshnikov was creative and bold enough to break into the theatre from one of the side exits at the audience when he performed in Taipei some 10 years ago, his entrance impressed me profoundly ever since. Barrett made a similar impact on TV, I would be glad to imagine how those lucky people in London felt at that moment. Barrett drew your attention all the time when he sang, acted, or spoke.

If York stole the show, her fellow actors played her guardian angels.


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