Friday, August 10, 2012

Kiss Me Kate..Did ya know?

 My daughter just finished up her second year of Summer Stock and it's been such a great experience for her.  She 'moved up' this year to the high school production so she and the other younger kids were in the chorus.   They performed the musical Kiss Me Kate, which I knew nothing about.  Now the songs are all stuck in my head and I am in love with the show.
{My daughter's head shot-under her name it says, 
Appearing Every Night}

Kiss Me Kate was the first musical to win a Tony Award for the category of Best Musical, when the category was created in 1949.   All of the music and lyrics are written by someone you may have heard of...
only the Mr. Cole Porter. Wow!
Kiss Me Kate is a play within a play.
  The main characters are involved in a love triangle (or rectangle?) and are performing The Taming of The Shrew by another little known writer (William Shakespeare!) in a theater group,  all set in the 1940's.
The songs are catchy and the dance numbers will definitely get your toes tapping.
This is the whole company in their 1940's garb while rocking out a snappy number.
The show then opens up in the leads' dressing rooms where we find out that they used to be married to each other and might still have unresolved feelings for one another, even though the female lead (Lilli Vanessi/Katherine) is engaged to someone new.  The male lead (Frederic C. Graham/Petruchio) is also the  director and producer of the 'show'. 
To complicate matters, Fred sends flowers to the other female lead (Lois Lane/Bianca) who is involved with the other male lead (Bill/Lucentio) and they accidentally get sent to Lilli.  Bill also has a gambling problem and runs into a problem with some gangsters.
Are you with me?
It's ok if you're not.  Trust me, this show has something for everybody and is very funny!
I was so impressed with the entire cast, especially the leads (played by high schoolers). They had a lot of lines, many of them in Shakespearean dialogue, as well as many songs and dance numbers.
The show came together in 3 1/2 weeks--everything, the actors and their lines, songs, dances, costumes, orchestra, sets and props!!
She's on the far left, in the green.
There was a very successful revival of Kiss Me Kate in 2000 and set the record for the number of Tony Award nominations for a musical revival and that record still stands.
If you have a chance to see it, you won't be disappointed.
If you missed my post about her costume that I cobbled together from thrift store pieces, click here.
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4 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I saw Kiss Me Kate many years ago and I agree it's a wonderful musical.

anitamombanita said...

Looks like she had a wonderful time being part of such a fun musical!

Bliss said...

I love to go to all the local schools for their plays. Some of them are just amazing, and others are still entertaining in their simplicity. Love them all.

~Bliss~

Katie said...

This looks like so much fun! I really hope I get a chance to see this play sometime, it sounds so interesting!

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