REVIEW: One More Kiss: Kiss Me Kate at Roundabout (for Parterre Box)

0198r_Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase in KISS ME, KATE, Photo by Joan Marcus 2019 2

Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase in Kiss Me, Kate. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Cole Porter wrote music and lyrics for more than two dozen Broadway musicals over nearly four decades. Scads of his individual numbers are cornerstones of the Great American Songbook. Yet the shows themselves are largely forgotten–or, as in the case of Anything Goes, now performed in radically revised editions.

But Kiss Me Kate, a late career hit, still plays like gangbusters, starting with a near genius set-up (Sam and Bella Spewack wrote the funny book). Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham, formerly married operetta stars, now presumably in the waning days of their fame, reunite to star in a new musical version of The Taming of the Shrew that’s about to premiere in Baltimore…

Read the full review at Parterre Box. 

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