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Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cole Porter's Best Given a Hip Interpretation

    This is Cole Porter's best complete work and the rivial update is fantastic. The orchestrations have been revised to feature more brass and fewer strings and the score is much the better for it. Now we have that jazzy, bouncy feel to the score Porter's music is known for. Paul Gemingani is a masterful musician and conductor and the recorded sound is of very high quality. He makes prudent cuts in the extensive dance breaks (I've directed this version of the show) without losing the musical and dramatic integrity of the work as a whole. The performances here are top notch. Brian Stokes Mitchell's handsome baritone encompasses Porter's quintessential leading man Fred/Petrucio wonderfully. Marin Mazzie sets the bar very high with her portrayal of Lilli/Kate and it is such a joy to hear this music sung and not yelled as is the fashion of so many musicals today. Amy Spanger is a breath of fresh air as Lois/Bianca as is Michael Beresse as Bill/Lucentio. Compared to the DVD of the London cast with Brent Barret and Rachel York...well, it depends on what you like. Rachel York uses much more of her chest voice to sing the role, particularly "So in Love," which not everyone (like myself) will like. Brent Barret's voice is much lighter and tenory than Brian Stokes Mitchell's, his high notes come easier and last longer, but he lacks the richness of tone that I feel is so essential to the thoroghly masculine character of Petruchio. I own the DVD and the CD, and if you are a fan of the show, I recommend you purchase both, for each is wonderful. The bottom line is this is a fantastic recording of a truly magnificent piece and I am thankful there is a record of this wonderful performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kiss Me, Kate Rocks!

    I wish Kate was still on Broadway! I saw it three times. I played Bianca in my LVR High School production and loved every aspect of the show! Cole Porter was a genius when it came to dynamic lyrics and a smashing score! The music is fabulous-you won't be able to stop singing the tunes! The Bard would be very proud!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but takes some getting used to.

    This show is absolutely fabulous, especially with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie as its head runners. However, the music can be rather broing if you have never seen the show. It fits so well into the show, that in almost cannot be taken out of context. But, there are classic songs from it; such as, ''Too Darn Hot,'' ''Another Op'nin','' and ''Brush Up Your Shakepeare,'' which can never get dull. Definitely a great item to buy, with an incredible cast, but please see the show first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome show

    Id ont have CD yet, obviously, but I cant wait till it comeout.. I saw the show the second day it was playing and it was so fabulous that I have ben eagerly awaiting this soundtrack since. Enjoy

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