Kiss Me, Kate
2002 West End Production
Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter
Book: Sam and Bella Spewack
Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson, Michael Berresse
Director: Chris Hunt
Choreography: Kathleen Marshall
Scenic Design: Robin Wagner
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 146 mins
Region Code: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: August 2002
"With its blissfully tuneful score, superbly witty lyrics and great charge of Broadway energy, this blazingly confident show shines like a beacon"
The Daily Telegraph
Brush up your Shakespeare - November sees the long-awaited release on DVD of the London production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, revived for Broadway in 2001. It's one of Porter's best-known musicals showcasing some of his greatest songs ("Too Darn Hot", "So In Love", "Why Can't You Behave", "Wunderbar", "Another Op'nin; Another Show") and based on Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew.
Filmed live in front of the Victoria Palace Theatre audience in August 2002, this show boasts a cast including Brent Barrett and Rachel York, veterans of the multiple award-winning North American production, as well as one of Hollywood's current leading heartthrobs, Colin Farrell. This London revival won the 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for 'Best Musical' and the 2001 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for 'Best Musical'.
"With his warm, radiant baritone, Brent Barrett is perfection as Fred/Petruchio, delivering a drolly winning send-up of macho swagger that enhances his romantic appeal."
"[Rachel York] possesses a voice that is at turns smoky and soaring. She is spectacularly overdramatic, twisting her comely features into an endless variety of ugly faces, especially in the tour-de-force number "I Hate Men""
The Washington Times