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Kiss Me, Kate

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Broadway & Vocalists and Classical album by Alfred Drake, Cole Porter, and Patricia Morison

Opening at the tail end of 1948,Kiss Me, Katebecame an instant classic--and amazingly didn't receive a full-scale revival until1999. All the more reason to revel in its original version. With its cunning play-within-a-play premise (a musical update ofThe … see full wiki

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the peerless original cast

  • Mar 3, 2004
KISS ME KATE is still regarded as Cole Porter's greatest musical; a charming backstage story detailing feuding ex-spouses Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham as they star in a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew".

Very rarely has the score been bettered than the original 1949 cast album, reissued here on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label. Patricia Morison plays Lilli, with Alfred Drake (OKLAHOMA!, KISMET, GIGI) as Fred, the feuding, ego-ridden leads. Lisa Kirk (ALLEGRO, MACK AND MABEL) is the sexy young starlet Lois, with Harold Lang (PAL JOEY) as her caddish boyfriend Bill.

KISS ME KATE opened at the New Century Theatre on Broadway in 1949, making history in its run of over 1000 performances. Patricia Morison is perfectly-suited to the role of Lilli. She offers a glowing rendition of "So in Love", whilst her duet with Alfred Drake in the tongue-in-cheek "Wunderbar" is sublime. Lisa Kirk gets three of the big showstoppers ("Why Can't You Behave?", "Tom Dick or Harry" and "Always True to You in My Fashion"), and nails each and every one. Harold Lang was a better dancer than he ever was as a singer, but is quite good on this disc.

A must-own.

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Kiss Me, Kate
Label: Sony
Genre: Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Release Date: June 2, 1998
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