This Kiss Me Kate Deserves A Smooch

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 7:00 am By: Michall Jeffers Source: Woman Around Town
only way to sell them successfully is to plunge right in with brio, and this cast succeeds in making the musical numbers feel fresh. My only complaint about the sound is that the amplification is way too loud. This is especially ear splitting in the scene where Bianca and Kate scream. Not every piece of music is stellar. I could live without the “Dick-a-Dick” chorus which is repeated in Bianca’s “Tom, Dick or Harry,” and frankly, I think “Bianca” is way below par.

I’m curious about a few aspects of the production. My recollection is that it’s Fred, not Lili, who delivers the line about their former operetta title, “Something about a bar,” before singing “Wunderbar.” I believe it was Brian Stokes Mitchell who changed the line about being “Free, white, and 21” to the more logical and politically correct “Free, male, and 21.” The latter is used here, and I wonder if that’s strictly kosher. The setting for the play is the late 1940’s.

This production is heavy in hi-jinx and slapstick, which is less appealing to me; it is, however, very pleasing to the audience. But as long as I can listen to William Michals sing, I’ll stay So In Love with Kiss Me Kate.

Kiss Me Kate
Westchester Broadway Theatre
One Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523
through November 3, 2013

Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. She belongs to SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is a voting member of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association, and International Association of Theatre Critics. In addition, Michall has been voted onto the prestigious Broadway League List.