Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)

From 651 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

About the show

Tony winner Kelli O'Hara returns to Broadway in the Roundabout's production of Cole Porter’s sparkling 1948 musical riff on Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew.' More…

The warring lovers of 'The Taming of the Shrew' are causing trouble both onstage and off. While putting on a musical version of Shakespeare’s play, exes Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi (O’Hara) can’t decide if they’re enraged, enamored or enormously confused whenever they cross paths out of character. Throw in some mistaken identity, a pair of surprisingly eloquent gangsters and a whole lot of romantic entanglements, and what you get is 'Kiss Me, Kate'—a classic that earned the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical.

2h 30m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (651)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
85
Avg Score

75
Not nearly as wundabar as the 1999 revival

See it if you want polished, giddy entertainmt. Only Bleu is well-cast amg the 4 leads (his Bianca thrills!) Still, Cole Porter ensures a fun evening.

Don't see it if want to see fully-embodied roles. KO lacks fire/sings operatically. Styles annoys/is too soft. Chase is ok. Marshall's choreog was superior.

Also It's tough to mount a revival that tops a spectacular one...but you'd ... Read more Read less

95
Fun!!!, Great costumes, Great choreography, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained! Every actor is at the top of their game in the production packed with showstoppers. Sets, lights=A+

Don't see it if You’re looking for a dark and disturbing interpretation of the original. This has been joyfully embraced and the wow factor kicked up to 10!

Also Wow I loved this! I left the theatre feeling ten pounds lighter. Exact... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Solid, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Solid revival. O’Hara shines. Fully entertained throughout. Weak score. Told Darn Hot was a stellar number though.

Don't see it if You don’t like revivals or prefer elaborate sets.

90
Great singing/dancing/staging, Clever, Funny, Vivacious, Delightful

See it if I'm not usually into old-fashioned musicals, but I loved this one. It was vibrant & action packed, with soaring vocals & lots of laughs.

Don't see it if You won't like a 1940's comic farce. The clever Shakespeare mashup & the "romance of the theater" theme give this extra pop.

89
Fluffy, Great dancing, Delightful, Great singing, Charming

See it if u want to brush up your Porter & hear some of the best of the American Songbook, lavishly staged, artfully choreographed & brilliantly sung.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh & new & you don't want to see another op'nin' of another revival from Roundabout

Also This is a light-as-air, old-fashioned, feel-good musical at its guilty... Read more Read less

82
Great dancing, Quirky, Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Porter's music & lyrics still carry this vintage musical icon Carlyle's choreo sizzles esp 'Too Darn Hot' showstopper Corbin & chorus shine

Don't see it if Ellis' staging is competent w/o exciting; needs that electricity O"Hara's vocally on top but lacks Kate's shrewishness; Chase misses totally

87
Who wouldn't want to see the reigning queen of bdway musicals, kelli o'hara, in this classic takeoff on will's taming of the shrew?

See it if delightful; great tunes/clever lyrics; Kelli in fine form as combative leading lady/hell-cat Kate; superb dancing by supporting cast

Don't see it if conventional; pure vaudeville w broad, obvious humor, slapstick battle btwn Kelli and ex-husband 3 stooge-ish; cut below top musicals

Also STATING THE OBVIOUS: Tho "Kate" is ostensibly about a battle between a... Read more Read less

89
Romantic, Refreshing, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway musicals with entertaining song and dance numbers and big laughs. This is pure entertainment with awesome talent.

Don't see it if you prefer dark or brooding shows. This show is pure escapism. And it’s done in a classic style (not reimagined like some other revivals).

Also The Act 2 opener (“Too Darn Hot”) is a show stopper, but completely un... Read more Read less

73
Romantic, Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You’d listen to Kelli O’Hara sing the phone book (okay, at least the score is one of Broadway’s best).

Don't see it if You despise dated musicals that are somehow constantly revived. Save the music, this one is especially bland.

85
Fluffy, Funny, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun evening with great music. Classic show, done with classic style in a classic space.

Don't see it if big, bold, Broadway is not your thing. Some of the performances are uneven but they won't spoil your fun.

100
Refreshing, Brilliant dancing and choreography, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if This show is a musical theatre lovers dream ! It has everything ! The characterizations are perfect and so is every other aspect !

Don't see it if Your name is Scrooge because you will become enraged that you cannot find one thing to criticize !

82
Miscast, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Musical revival of the two combustibles who battle for the same oxygen intake. The choreography, the score & Corbin Bleu are the stars here.

Don't see it if Miscast slight O'Hara's portrayal dials from milquetoast to stillwater, skipping "diva" along the way; leaving no Shrew to Tame.Weaker Chase

88
Outstanding choreography, Great staging, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like a classical musical with a stellar cast headed up by the amazing Kelli O’Hara. Corbin Bleu and James T. Lane lead the dancers.

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets, and changes in the original production. Some numbers feel like an afterthought, and out of place.

Also The interactions between the main characters were a little rough durin... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Cole Porter and/or Kelli O'Hara or if you want to see a skillful revival of a classic musical.

Don't see it if don't like musicals or if you expect a show's book to make sense.

Also Kelli O'Hara reinforces her claim to be Queen of the American musical.... Read more Read less

89
Enjoyable, Of a time, Great singing & dancing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy being entertained by singing, dancing and old time values; cast is wonderful, Kellie O'Hara is charming & her singing is sublime.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned musicals, with beautiful music & dancing; first act moves at a hare's pace, second act is a little too slow.

Also Why is everyone so consumed with the contemporization of old musicals?... Read more Read less

76
Fun, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want a well made version of the show. Great acting, singing, and staging. Fun and funny.

Don't see it if This is not the best version I've seen. It felt a little like they were going through the motions, so it feels a little forced sometimes.

87
Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love Kelli O'Hara (and who doesn't).Excellent revival.They've fixed some of the offensive stuff, but gone too far.She is now the bully.

Don't see it if you don't like big, brassy musicals.This gives you exactly what you expect from a Roundabout musical. I loved it.

77
Intelligent, Disappointing, Dated, Great music, Great singing

See it if Go for O'Hara, Bleu and Chase. Great dancing, great singing. And Cole Porter music? Magnificent.

Don't see it if The show is dated, the conclusion unsatisfying. Wished I was watching Taming of the Shrew instead.

71
Tamed, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you know there have been & will be better KMKs but for some reason need to see it right NOW. 2 great dance numbers. A lot of cheesecake.

Don't see it if Still not a very juicy production. Too many numbers feel like filler. Was getting so antsy toward the end. Not electrifying.

Also I could score this as low as 68 or as high as 75. What pushes it over ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You love Cole Porter, Kelli O'Hara, Corbin Bleu's amazing dancing.

Don't see it if Expect an excellent show from this gem. Weak singing on the part of Will Chase

90
Dated, Great score, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if into classic B'way musicals; clever Cole Porter lyrics; stylish sets & costumes; Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & fine cast.

Don't see it if you want something cutting edge that espouses current "woke" attitudes toward women. Here you have to consider the source material.

Also Sensational "Too Darn Hot" performed by Corbin Bleu & especially James... Read more Read less

89
Great choreography, Great staging, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if a classic musical with adjustments made to its problem areas; a wonderful Kelli O'Hara not just her great voice but also in her comic timing

Don't see it if don't like Cole Porter music, musical comedies with a variety of dancing & musical styles,

Also was pleasantly surprised by Will Chase & his chemistry with Kelli O'Ha... Read more Read less

83
Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if This is a very good production of a so-so show. Kelly O’Hara’s wonderful. Will Chase’s fine. Not much chemistry. Good choreo, dir & MusicDir

Don't see it if The biggest problem is the show is dated and some off the songs are ridiculously long and some groaner rhymes. Not Porters best work.

75
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if A "nice" production of a classic, performed well. Nothing earth shattering.

Don't see it if Wish to be wowed, then skip this. Nice but nothing memorable. No chemistry between the leads.

69
Cliched, Ambitious, Overrated, Dated

See it if you are a FAN of Cole Porter musicals.

Don't see it if your memory of the 1999 Broadway production is securely burned into your brain.

Also The 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate was so magical with Brian St... Read more Read less


March 14th, 2019
"The authors’ take on marriage is more complex and insightful than we may recall. And where they did wander into material now rightly seen as toxic, a few changes and one major revision allow us to enjoy it in a new light...Carlyle’s often thrilling choreography offers a bountiful assortment...Th...
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March 14th, 2019
"In this production, the drama and fire are downplayed. O’Hara’s full and clear soprano is as beautiful as always, but her Lilli is more whimper than bang...Without such changes, however, 'Kiss Me, Kate' might not be revivable at all—and that would be a shame, since the Roundabout’s production is...
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March 14th, 2019
"The majestic Kelli O’Hara’s honey volcano of a voice pours out with seemingly zero effort, and you can almost see smoke rising from the heels of the gazellelike ensemble as they tear through Warren Carlyle’s splashy golden-age choreography...The sad truth — sad at least for a longtime lover of P...
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March 14th, 2019
"Even in an imperfectly cast revival like the new Roundabout production, it's virtually impossible not to surrender to its boisterous charms...If the changes dampen some of the show's comedic vitality in order to make it palatable to contemporary sensibilities, so be it. There are corresponding l...
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