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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Nicholas Colicos ...
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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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Brent Barrett and Rachel York
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What "The Music Man" (Broderick) should have been.
28 February 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw the original Broadway show but I don't remember much about it. But this "Kiss me Kate" (a London production from the Victoria Theater.) was everything it should be. For my taste, Nancy Anderson as Lois Lane (Bianca, not Clark Kent's girlfriend.) was a bit too much like Marian the Librarian in the other show but she sang well. Brent Barrett and Rachel York (Fred and Lilli) were excellent and Teddy Kempner and Jack Chissick were skilled comedians as the two thugs. Nolan Frederick (?) stood out in the "Too Darn Hot" number and the dancing and acrobatics were terrific. Perhaps the backstage sets came out a bit dark and I really think PBS should not have cut into the end like that to direct everyone to their website. They might have waited a bit more or been less obtrusive. On the whole, a "triumph", as they say, which "The Music Man" was decidedly not.


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