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Mon, 23 May 2005

Kiss Me, Kate / Revival Broadway Cast
Kiss Me, Kate Some plays are timeless. Some age rather quickly and are interesting more as artifacts than as entertainments. Kiss Me, Kate has aspects of both.

I saw this Broadway revival in 2001 and remember being impressed and entertained, but also feeling that parts of the play and its Cole Porter score hadn't aged at all well. Some of it is as stylish and sexy as when it was first written; Another Op'nin', Another Show and Too Darn Hot for two examples. Other bits were funny in spite of feeling dated, like the two mobsters singing Brush Up Your Shakespeare. But then there are the embarrassments, especially Tom, Dick or Harry. (The snippet on the iTMS lacks the more questionable lyrics.) And of course there's the source material itself; Kiss Me, Kate is a play about a performance of The Taming of a Shrew, itself a play within a play. And one with so cringe-worthy an attitude toward the sexes that it has to be performed these days with a great deal of irony. I'd describe Porter's version as rather irony-deficient.

Still, there's fun to be had. And as a collector of musical theater, I won't condemn a work just because it reflects attitudes that are passé, or at least should be. I'll try to keep them in context, enjoy the music and try not to cringe too much along the way.

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