Kiss Me Kate [Original Royal Shakespeare Company Recording]

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All Music Guide
Kiss Me Kate, which opened originally in 1948, marked a critical and commercial comeback for its composer, Cole Porter. The story was rather simple, and rather familiar -- a musical based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is about to open, if only the lead actors a feuding, separated husband and wife team can get along. Throughout the events that transpire, gangsters get involved, messages get passed to the wrong people and general mishaps ensue -- but all ends happily, as it should. Highlights of this lovely Porter score include "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Wunderbar," "Always True to You in My Fashion," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." A film version appeared in 1953 that was filmed in 3D and featured ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Kiss Me Kate, which opened originally in 1948, marked a critical and commercial comeback for its composer, Cole Porter. The story was rather simple, and rather familiar -- a musical based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is about to open, if only the lead actors a feuding, separated husband and wife team can get along. Throughout the events that transpire, gangsters get involved, messages get passed to the wrong people and general mishaps ensue -- but all ends happily, as it should. Highlights of this lovely Porter score include "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Wunderbar," "Always True to You in My Fashion," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." A film version appeared in 1953 that was filmed in 3D and featured performances by Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller and a small featured dance role by Bob Fosse. It's scandalous that there hadn't been a Broadway revival of this Porter masterpiece as of 1987 one finally arrived in 1999, but at least the British tried tried it, and here's the result: a cast led by Paul Jones and Nicola McAuliffe enthusiastically enunciating every delicious bit of wordplay, while a full orchestra plays the music beautifully. ~ William Ruhlmann and Sarah Erlewine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5014636602021
  • Catalog Number: 807667
  • Sales rank: 389,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:35)
  2. 2 Another Op'nin', Another Show - Earlene Bentley (3:21)
  3. 3 Why Can't You Behave - Fiona Hendley (2:20)
  4. 4 Wunderbar - Nichola McAuliffe (2:54)
  5. 5 So In Love Am I - Nichola McAuliffe (3:47)
  6. 6 We Open In Venice - Nichola McAuliffe (2:04)
  7. 7 Tom, Dick Or Harry - Peter Ledbury (3:01)
  8. 8 I've Come To Wive It Wealthily In Padua (2:35)
  9. 9 I Hate Men - Nichola McAuliffe (3:19)
  10. 10 Were Thine That Special Face (2:50)
  11. 11 Too Darn Hot (3:08)
  12. 12 Where Is the Life That I Led? (4:36)
  13. 13 Always True To You (In My Fashion) (3:28)
  14. 14 Bianca - Tim Flavin (2:27)
  15. 15 So In Love Am I (2:38)
  16. 16 Brush Up Your Shakespeare (5:08)
  17. 17 Women Are So Simple - Nichola McAuliffe (2:02)
  18. 18 Finale (0:54)
  19. 19 Wunderbar (Reprise) (1:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clive Baker Trumpet
Earlene Bentley Vocals
Kenneth Essex Viola
John Francis Violin, Leader
Paul Wood Violin
William H. Graham Trombone
Peter Newton Vocals
Joe Morrison Violin
Judith Shatin Oboe, Cor anglais
Royal Shakespeare Company Ensemble, cast
David Randall Violin
Ray Scott Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Richard Blewett Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
David Burrowes Cello
Tim Flavin Vocals
Malcolm Gosden Trumpet
Fiona Hendley Vocals
David Hulley Drums
Peter Ledbury Vocals
Nichola McAuliffe Vocals, cast
Helen Munro Horn
Alla Sharova Violin
Alan Smyth Viola
Emil Wolk Vocals
Nigel Charman Percussion
Martin Wall Horn
Alex Cockburn Guitar, Mandolin
Anne Salinger Violin
Paul Jones Vocals, Background Vocals, cast
Robert Higgs Violin
Owen Little Viola
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Helen Cass Violin
John Bardon Vocals
Kiss Me Kate Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kiss Me Kate Cast Ensemble cast
Cyril Nri Vocals
Kiss Me Kate Chorus Choir, Chorus
Paul Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Earlene Bentley Contributor
Gary G. Giles Engineer
John Kurlander Engineer
Melanie Marshall Contributor
Norman Newell Producer
Cole Porter Lyricist
Marisa Campbell Contributor
Royal Shakespeare Company Cast Engineer
Jacqui Boatswain Contributor
Jeffery Dench Contributor
Tim Flavin Contributor
Brenda Garrat-Glassman Contributor
Richard Gough Contributor
Fiona Hendley Contributor
Timothy Higgs Musical Supervision
Kim Ismay Contributor
Peter Ledbury Contributor
Nichola McAuliffe Contributor
Cyril Niri Contributor
Bella Spewack Book
Samuel Spewack Book
Emil Wolk Contributor
Nigel Charman Contributor
Gareth Valentine Dance Arrangement
Siân Reeves Contributor
Richard Sampson Contributor
Aidan Cook Contributor
Christopher Brown Contributor
Barry Linehan Contributor
Paul Jones Contributor
Charmian Hoare Dialect Coach
Dennis Bowden Contributor
Tricia Tomlinson Contributor, Assistant Choreographer
Leonie Cosman Casting
Karen Davies Contributor
Jonathan Deans Engineer
Stephen Tye Contributor
Michelle Knight Contributor
Gary Giles Engineer
Sam Spewack Book
Liz Da Costa Costume Design
Adrian Noble Director
Judith Morgan Assistant Management
Michael Hyatt Company Manager
Jasper Fox Stage Manager
Tim Rich Assistant Management
Sue Banner Stage Manager
Eddie Phillips Contributor
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