Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)
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Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)
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Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(681 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
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.'

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Member Reviews (681)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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. Read more

928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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! Read more

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
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 Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (56)

The New York Times
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...That too many other numbers disappoint is a problem not just with the choreography but also with the overall staging, which by the middle of the second act seems to run out of invention."
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Time Out New York
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 often a delight. For one thing, it affords an opportunity to rehear Porter’s score. And whatever heat has been tamped down in the central couple flares up elsewhere in Scott Ellis’s staging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 Porter’s songs — is that for all its pizzazz, 'Kiss Me, Kate' itself feels irretrievably dated...Its adjustments are both good, arguably downright necessary ideas, and not really show-savers."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 losses and gains, too, in O'Hara's performance...But this is an immensely pleasurable show even in a production that occasionally lacks spark."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 14th, 2019

"Rarely has O’Hara’s vibrato sounded so strong, so powerful, as it does when she sings these three little words: 'I Hate Men'...Gone is the shiny schmaltz of the Golden Age musical’s previous productions, Ellis instead grounding the piece, when necessarily, in sincerity and reality...It helps that Amanda Green has provided some tweaks to Sam and Bella Spewack’s book...None of this means the piece has lost its spark. Porter’s wit still shines through in his score."
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Variety
March 14th, 2019

"The clever navigation of this Golden Age musical through today’s waters of gender politics is one of several plusses in an otherwise uneven production that is still able to score some highs in terrific dancing, Kelli O’Hara’s performance and, oh, those Porter songs...What keeps audiences continually engaged are Porter’s songs, which show off an impressive range of standards and styles...Still filled with musical pleasures that audiences will appreciate — now without wincing, after a fashion."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 14th, 2019

"'Kiss Me, Kate' is bland and unimaginative. Not only is Ms. O’Hara miscast—she is as warm and friendly as Kate is sharp-witted and spiky—but she and Mr. Chase have all the romantic chemistry of a pair of squabbling siblings. As for Mr. Ellis’s staging, it looks as though he’d put the show together while thinking about something else (which he may well have been, seeing as how he’s also directing 'Tootsie,' which opens on Broadway next month)."
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The Observer
March 14th, 2019

"It’s a measure of how skillfully director Scott Ellis and book-tweaker Amanda Green navigate the antique attitudes of the material that we view the vicious scrapping of these ex-spouses as hilarious, not creepy or lopsided...This version softens the lady-bashing while not sacrificing the sexiness and humor. Above all, it’s acted and staged with consummate style and grace...Overall, choreographer Warren Carlyle’s routines are spectacular, performed by a winning ensemble."
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