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Great Stage on Screen: Kiss Me Kate
July 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
music and lyrics by Cole Porter
book by Samuel and Bella Spewack
loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
directed by Michael Blakemore
starring Rachel York and Brent Barrett
The Showmance Must Go On! Cole Porter’s beloved classic receives “Another Op’nin, Another Show”, in this masterful 2001 London revival of the Tony Award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate starring Rachel York and Brent Barrett! When the egotistical Fred Graham mounts a musical adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew (with himself as director, producer, and star) he’s got the perfect leading lady in mind: his movie star ex-wife! The fireworks both onstage and off between the two seem destined to explode the entire production…or will a romantic flame that’s Too Darn Hot be rekindled? With backstage shenanigans, gangsters brushing up their Shakespeare, and a collection of Porter tunes that any Tom, Dick, or Harry will love, Kiss Me, Kate remains an all-time favorite of musical fans from Padua to Peoria. Captured live from the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.