KISS ME, KATE REVIEWED
“Kiss Me, Kate” has always been the one show that I could never stomach. Everybody has their own inspired take on The Taming of the Shrew and all of their botched attempts are called Kiss Me, Kate. Naturally, there are still good ideas bubbling under the surface. It’s just that every attempt to make something that stands out will only produce yet more attempts to say Man Smart, Woman is Smarter. Gender differences are keen.
While I love Cole Porter, this wasn’t his best score. So many of the jokes and musical cues feel forced and cutesy. For the average theater goer, most theater might seem cutesy. However, when shows go cute…they keep focused on the stage aesthetic. This film, this production and even the script wants you to know that everything is staged and keeps calling attention to its facade. That works for Brecht, but it’s a bit tired here. Still, it’s a classic.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 5/30/17
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Show Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
The Showmance Must Go On!
Cole Porter’s beloved classic receives “Another Op’nin, Another Show” in this masterful 1999 London revival of the Tony Award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate! 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.
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