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One of the biggest hits of the 1948-1949 Broadway season, the classic {$Cole Porter} {musical} {+Kiss Me, Kate} was triumphantly revived in 2000, running over 881 performances in New York and winning a Tony Award in the process. This faithful-to-its-source TV production of the "new" {+Kiss Me, Kate} was taped during several live performances at London's {~Victoria Palace}. The story concerns the efforts by an egocentric but likable actor, {%Fred Graham} ({$Brent Barrett}), to stage a musical version of {$William Shakespeare}'s {+The Taming of the Shrew}. Hoping to boost the show's box-office value, {%Graham} has cast his temperamental ex-wife, film star {%Lilli Vanessi} ({$Rachel York}), in the role of the shrewish {%Katharine}. As the production unfolds during a tryout in Baltimore, {%Fred} and {%Lilli} discover that they can't live with each other and can't live without each other -- just like {%Petruchio} and {%Kate} in {+Taming of the Shrew}. Other ingredients in this heady blend of modern showbiz savvy and classic Elizabethan theater are the play's second leads, chronic gambler {%Bill Calhoun} ({$Michael Berresse}); the incurably flirtatious {%Lois Lane} ({$Nancy Anderson}); {%Lilli}'s current fiancÚ, the pompous {%Harrison Howell} ({$Nicolas Colicos}), a boring Republican millionaire in the original play, here rewritten as a lampoon of {$General Douglas MacArthur}; and a brace of Runyonesque gangsters ({$Jack Chissick}, {$Teddy Kempner}) who refuse to leave the theater until they can collect a 75,000-dollar gambling debt. All of the great {$Cole Porter} songs are performed intact and con brio: {&"Another Opening, Another Show,"} {&"So in Love,"} {&"Faithful in My Fashion,"} {&"I Hate Men,"} {&"Tom, Dick and Harry,"} {&"Too Darn Hot,"} {&"Brush Up Your Shakespeare"} {&"Why Can't You Behave?"} and so on. As a bonus, {$Porter}'s {&"From This Moment On,"} not written for the 1948 theatrical version of {+Kiss Me, Kate}, but performed in the 1954 movie version, is herein revived to give poor old {%Harrison Howell} something to do besides get laughs. {$Michael Blakemore}, who adapted and staged the 2000 revival, also oversees this irresistible TV version, which first aired in the U.S. courtesy of {@PBS}. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Starring: Brent Barrett as Fred Graham
Brent Barrett as Petruchio
Rachel York as Lilli Vanessi
Rachel York as Katharine
Nancy Anderson as Lois Lane
Nancy Anderson as Bianca
Michael Berresse as Bill Calhoun
Michael Berresse as Lucentio
Jack Chissick as Second Man
Nicolas Colicos as Harrison Howell
Teddy Kempner as First Man
Colin Farrell as Harry Trevor
Colin Farrell as Baptista
Kaye E. Brown as Hattie
Nolan Frederick as Paul
Alan Vicary as Ralph (Stage Manager)
Duncan Smith as Pop (Stage Doorman)
Nick Winston as Gremio
Barry McNeill as Hortensio
Andrew Spillett as Nathaniel
Andrew Spillett as Cab Driver
Christopher Stewart as Gregory
Christopher Stewart as Dance Captain
Philip Sutton as Philip
Richard Sidaway as Haberdasher
Michael Berrisse as

Directed By: Director: Michael Blakemore
Producer: Richard Price
Producer: Roger Horchow
Producer: Andy Picheta
Producer: Roger Berlind
Teleplay By: Michael Blakemore
Play Author: William Shakespeare
Screenwriter: Michael Blakemore
From Musical by: Bella Spewack
From Musical by: Samuel Spewack
Musical Direction/Supervision: Paul Gemignani
From Musical by: Cole Porter
Executive Producer: Jac Venza
Executive Producer: David Horn
Executive Producer: Nobuo Isobe
Executive Producer: Helen Asquith
Executive Producer: Margaret Smilow
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Choreography: Kathleen Marshall
Stage Director: Chris Hunt
Scenic Artist: Robin Wagner
Lighting: Peter Kaczorowski

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: Thirteen/WNET

Release Date: 07 Apr 2020

Run Time: 150

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV17894587

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