History Theatre / KissMeKate

8th Dec '16 8:06:09 AM Doug86
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It's Baltimore, post-WorldWarII. High-minded actor Fred Graham is trying out his musical version of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', starring as Petruchio opposite his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi in the title role ("Another Op'nin', Another Show"). Fellow actress Lois Lane (Bianca) laments the behavior of chronic gambler Bill Calhoun (Lucentio), as Bill has signed Fred's name to a large gambling debt ("Why Can't You Behave?"). Fred and Lilli reminisce about old times ("Wunderbar"), but soon start to argue. Lilli realizes she still loves Fred ("So In Love"), and when a bouquet of flowers from Fred (actually intended for Lois) arrives in her dressing room, she rejoices even more. The show opens with Fred, Lilli, Bill, and Lois onstage ("We Open in Venice"), and continues with numbers by Lois and Bill ("Tom, Dick, or Harry"), Fred ("I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua") and Lilli ("I Hate Men"). But things start to go awry when Lilli reads the ''note'' included with the bouquet, acting out onstage and forcing Fred to take matters into his own hands. By spanking her in front of the audience.

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It's Baltimore, post-WorldWarII.post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. High-minded actor Fred Graham is trying out his musical version of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', starring as Petruchio opposite his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi in the title role ("Another Op'nin', Another Show"). Fellow actress Lois Lane (Bianca) laments the behavior of chronic gambler Bill Calhoun (Lucentio), as Bill has signed Fred's name to a large gambling debt ("Why Can't You Behave?"). Fred and Lilli reminisce about old times ("Wunderbar"), but soon start to argue. Lilli realizes she still loves Fred ("So In Love"), and when a bouquet of flowers from Fred (actually intended for Lois) arrives in her dressing room, she rejoices even more. The show opens with Fred, Lilli, Bill, and Lois onstage ("We Open in Venice"), and continues with numbers by Lois and Bill ("Tom, Dick, or Harry"), Fred ("I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua") and Lilli ("I Hate Men"). But things start to go awry when Lilli reads the ''note'' included with the bouquet, acting out onstage and forcing Fred to take matters into his own hands. By spanking her in front of the audience.
28th May '16 2:15:37 PM Mdumas43073
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14th Apr '16 11:23:10 AM crazysamaritan
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A 1948 [[TheMusical musical]] by Music/ColePorter. ''Kiss Me Kate'' was an answer to ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' in that the music advanced the plot. It also won the first Tony Award for Best Musical (along with four other Tonys). A film version was released in 1953.

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A 1948 [[TheMusical musical]] by Music/ColePorter. ''Kiss Me Kate'' was an answer to ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' in that the music advanced the plot. It also won the first Tony Award for Best Musical (along with four other Tonys). A film UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie version was released in 1953.



* ThreeDMovie: The film version, although it's now extremely difficult to see it in the original format.
21st Feb '16 1:19:19 PM Kirayoshi
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* PainfulRhyme: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" has a few:
-->"If you quote a few lines from [[Theater/{{Othello}} Othella,]]\\
Then they'll think you're one heck of a fella.\\
If your blonde won't respond when you flatter her,\\
Tell her what [[Theater/AntonyAndCleopatra Tony told Cleopaterer.]]"
21st Feb '16 1:18:26 PM Kirayoshi
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Tell her what [[Theater/AnthonyAndCleopatra Tony told Cleopaterer.]]"

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Tell her what [[Theater/AnthonyAndCleopatra [[Theater/AntonyAndCleopatra Tony told Cleopaterer.]]"
21st Feb '16 1:17:12 PM Kirayoshi
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* PainfulRhyme: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" has a few:
-->"If you quote a few lines from [[Theater/{{Othello}} Othella,]]\\
Then they'll think you're one heck of a fella.\\
If your blonde won't respond when you flatter her,\\
Tell her what [[Theater/AnthonyAndCleopatra Tony told Cleopaterer.]]"
5th Dec '15 6:04:57 PM grabaham
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* CutSong: "From This Moment On", though it was later reinstated.
** Strangely, this is a cut number from a different Cole Porter musical, ''Out of This World'', which made its way into the film version of ''Kiss Me, Kate'' and then, in a different context, revivals of the stage version.
14th Nov '15 3:21:19 PM Jeduthun
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* ComedicSpanking: Lilli receives a good one from Fred at the end of the first act, technically in character as Katherina but she had it coming herself as well. This sets up a RunningGag of her being unable to sit down well into the second act.
22nd Jun '15 12:27:47 AM PaulA
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A 1948 [[TheMusical musical]] by ColePorter. ''Kiss Me Kate'' was an answer to ''{{Oklahoma}}'' in that the music advanced the plot. It also won the first Tony Award for Best Musical (along with four other Tonys). A film version was released in 1953.

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A 1948 [[TheMusical musical]] by ColePorter. Music/ColePorter. ''Kiss Me Kate'' was an answer to ''{{Oklahoma}}'' ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' in that the music advanced the plot. It also won the first Tony Award for Best Musical (along with four other Tonys). A film version was released in 1953.



* BreakawayPopHit: CutSong "From This Moment On" to a limited extent.



* NamesTheSame: Lois Lane.
11th Jun '15 12:31:48 PM jayoungr
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** Also, "Always True to You in My Fashion" is probably an intentional paraphrase of a line from the poem "Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae" (better known as simply "Cynara") by Ernest Dowson: "I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion." Bonus in-joke points because the speaker has been indulging ''a lot'' in [[HookersAndBlow wine, women and song]] in an unsuccessful attempt to forget Cynara.
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