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Kiss Me Kate 

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.


Chris Hunt


Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack (book) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brent Barrett ... Fred Graham / Petruchio
Rachel York ... Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
Nancy Kathryn Anderson Nancy Kathryn Anderson ... Lois Lane / Bianca (as Nancy Anderson)
Michael Berresse ... Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Nicholas Colicos Nicholas Colicos ... Harrison Howell (as Nicolas Colicos)
Teddy Kempner ... First Man
Jack Chissick ... Second Man
Kaye Brown Kaye Brown ... Hattie (as Kaye E. Brown)
Nolan Frederick Nolan Frederick ... Paul
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Harry Trevor / Baptista
Nick Winston Nick Winston ... Gremio
Barry McNeill Barry McNeill ... Hortensio
Alan Vicary Alan Vicary ... Ralph the Stage Manager
Andrew Spillett Andrew Spillett ... Cab Driver / Nathaniel
Duncan Smith Duncan Smith ... Pops


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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Drama | Musical


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Brent Barrett was nominated for an Olivier Award: Best Actor for Fred/Petruchio. See more »


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From This Moment On
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Nicholas Colicos and Rachel York
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What "The Music Man" (Broderick) should have been.
28 February 2003 | by standardmetalSee 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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Release Date:

26 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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