Porter: Kiss Me Kate (Brent Barret/ Kathleen Marshall/ Michael Berresse/ Michael Blakemore/ Nancy Anderson/ Rachel York/ The Performance Company) (Arthaus Dvd: 107211)
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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, 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 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for"Best Musical" and the 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." The Independent
"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