Kiss Me Kate
- A musical comedy by Cole Porter (libretto by Bella and Samuel Spewack) based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. First produced on Broadway in 1948 starring Alfred Drake, it ran for over1000 performances and won the first Tony Award for Best Musical. The critic Brooks Atkinson wrote:In the part of the egotistical actor who plays Petruchioon stage, Mr Drake's pleasant style of acting and his unaffected singingare the heart of the show.Michael Blakemore directed a notable Broadway revival in 1999.
The show presents a play-within-a-play. A touring companyis in Baltimore rehearsing The Taming of the Shrew, but rowsbreak out between the star and his leading lady, who is also his ex-wife,and between the supporting actress and her boyfriend. Various romanticentanglements and financial problems ensue, so that the Shakespeareantussles on stage become almost indistinguishable from the 'real' livesof the 'cast'. Everything works out in the end, however, when eventhe mob become entranced by the Bard's poetry.