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4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings
theatergeek ,

wonderful

this version is probably one of the best of cole porter's kiss me kate. the vocals are less operatic than many of the earlier recordings while the beautiful melodies are still brilliantly shown. another op'nin' another show, too darn hot, and so in love are standards that lasted that test of time. a great buy for anyone who loves broadway

DCI Tupolski ,

One of the greatest revivals of all time!

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, and others have revived one of the greatest musicals of all time. Cole Porter would be proud! Brian Stokes Mitchell has the power behind Fred Graham's character and voice. Marin Mazzie puts Lilli Vanessi's relationship with Fred on MANY levels and has wonderful energy along with the entire chorus. Our school did "Kiss Me, Kate" and definetely took pointers from this recording, I FULLY recommend it!

musicmaker33 ,

Another Amazing Show by Cole Porter

This version of Kiss Me Kate is arguably the best soundtrack out there right now. Marin Mazzie is absolutely wonderful in the song So In Love and I Hate Men, and Brian Stokes Mitchell's strong baritone voice resounds throughout the song Were Thine That Special Face and Where is the Life That Late I Led? Kiss Me Kate has some great songs. May I also recommend buying the DVD of the production with Rachel York and Brent Barrett.

About Cole Porter

Many arguments could be generated over whether Cole Porter or Irving Berlin should be considered America's greatest tunesmith. Both wrote music and lyrics; it's clearly a pick 'em situation. Porter had violin and piano lessons as a child, pursued undergraduate studies at Yale (where he penned fight songs that endure to this day such as "Bulldog"), and studied law and music at Harvard, all courtesy of a rich grandfather. His grandfather was appalled Porter would consider music as a career and never forgave him. Porter was in the French army during World War I, and spent the '20s in Paris as the husband of a wealthy woman. He began scoring hits in that decade, though "I'm in Love Again," didn't click until 1929, though Porter wrote it in 1924. The list of Porter shows and films is immense; his lyrics were literate, sophisticated, yet could be charming, suggestive, even naughty. His first show was Paris in 1928; it included "Let's Do It." That was followed by Frenchmen in 1929 containing "You Do Something to Me." Porter returned to New York in 1930, but was a lifelong Parisian in his heart. Wake Up and Dream, The New Yorkers, The Gay Divorcee, Jubilee, Leave It to Me, and Kiss Me Kate are only a few of his marvelous shows. The song list is just as impressive; "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Love for Sale," "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," and "Count Your Blessings," for starters. There were also such films as Silk Stockings, Born to Dance, Broadway Melody of 1940, High Society, and Night and Day. Porter's legs were crushed by a horse in 1937, he endured numerous operations the rest of his life, as well as being a semi-invalid. He finally lost his right leg in 1958, only four years after his wife died. But his songs live on; numerous anthologies and songbooks devoted to his music have been issued and are available on CD, including the Smithsonian four-disc set issued in 1993. ~ Ron Wynn

HOMETOWN
Peru, IN
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
June 9, 1891

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