One Word For WBT Production Of Kiss Me Kate: Wunderbar!

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:00 pm By: Sue Ann Witt Source: Rising Publications

Take the musical score by Cole Porter, add a story of two divorced performers who find themselves in a musical version of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, throw in engaging actors, and you have the formula for a perfect evening of entertainment.  Kiss Me Kate opened on Broadway in 1948 and won five Tony awards. There have been numerous revivals, a hit movie and now a smash hit at our own Westchester Broadway Theatre.

William Michals portrays egotistical Fred Graham/Petruchio and is absolutely outstanding as both characters. Christianne Tisdale as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine shines as both characters but especially as Katharine. Missy Dowse as Lois Lane/Bianca and Brian Ogilvie as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio are truly wonderful. Adding their talents are Daren Kelly as Harrison Howell, James Van Treuren (Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola), and the entire brilliant ensemble.

I must, however, single out Michael Kubala and Michael J. Farina as Gangster 1 and 2. To say they brought down the house with “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” would be an understatement. The audience couldn’t get enough of them and their hilarious delivery of this number.

This show is loaded with wonderful and familiar Cole Porter songs, including “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darned Hot,” “I Hate Men,” “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So In Love,” “Were Thine That Special Face.”

Kiss Me Kate run through November 3. For tickets call 914-592-2222 or online at Located atOneBroadwayPlaza,Elmsford,NY10523. Looking ahead, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas runs 11/7/13 – 1/5/14, followed by Titanic, Ragtime, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and South Pacific.