New York | 2h 30m | Ends Jun 30

Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)

From 40 critic and 230 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 | Ends Jun 30 | Studio 54 (Midtown W)


95
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"I’m happy to report that Scott Ellis’s 2019 edition is smashing. The slight but important tweaks to Bella Spewack’s book and Mr. Porter’s lyrics have gone a long way in updating the material...Carlyle’s exuberant and unexpectedly steamy choreographed provides a robust counterpoint to Ellis’s gentler view of the show, which makes for a beautifully balanced and well-rounded evening at the theater. Ellis’s vision is carried out sensationally by his top-tier cast." Full Review

94
Reviews Off Broadway

"A famous Cole Porter musical gets the misogyny pulled out and finds what's left to be fun and a little bit magical. Do not miss Kelli O'Hara and a fantastic ensemble of singers and dancers in 'Kiss Me Kate.' It's an old fashioned show with broad laughs, big dance numbers and obvious endings, yet somehow it seems fresh." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"Roundabout has whipped up a fizzy champagne cocktail in its revival of 'Kiss Me, Kate,' an adult entertainment firmly focused on the finer things in life...There are at least two reasons why Scott Ellis' revival breezes across the Studio 54 stage like a fire engine on a five-alarm call: One is the effervescent pairing of Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase...Production numbers, staged by Carlyle, that feature some of the most sensational dancing since I don't know when." Full Review

90
The Observer

"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." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"A snappy, scintillating, and decidedly woke new production at Studio 54 and featuring an altogether smashing cast headed up by Kelli O'Hara (never better!) and Will Chase...Even if you are a Porter or Shakespeare purist, if you leave your high horse in the stable and join the crowd, you will have a wonderful time. Where to begin heaping praise? Well, how about with Kelli O'Hara, whose performances have graced musical revivals for more than a decade." Full Review

90
CitiTour

"'Bellissimo,' sings Kelli O'Hara towards the end of the Scott Ellis' exuberant revival of 'Kiss Me, Kate,' and I can think of no better word in any language to describe the beauty of this Broadway megastar. I'm not just speaking of her stunning face and figure (costumed to perfection by Mahshie) or her flawless vocalizing (you'll never hear a better version of Cole Porter's heartbreaking 'So In Love') but also her (admittedly surprising) comic timing and (not so surprising) smoking passion." Full Review

90
Theater Life

"It’s so damned entertaining, joyously staged and performed that the minor politically correct tweaks to its book hardly matter. Cole Porter’s classic score is given the evergreen treatment by music director Paul Gemignani, Scott Ellis’ production is crisp, clean, and sleek and Warren Carlyle’s choreography is athletic, humorous and sexy. The fabulous Kelli O’Hara and the comically virile Will Chase lead a dazzling cast full of snappy dancers, riotous clowns, and clashing lovers." Full Review

90
NY1

"Big, boisterous, brawling 'Kiss Me, Kate' is a revival to fall for...Thanks to some subtle tweaks and re-staging, it's the story that's getting tamed without losing any of its ferocious bite!...Director Ellis staged the classic with great care, respecting its historical roots while shifting the gender dynamic just enough to put the two leads on equal footing...O’Hara deserves...our eternal worship for gracing us with two and a half glorio hours in this altogether wunderbar production." Full Review

90
Towleroad

"The revival seems to prove, yet again, that it’s possible for a visionary creative team to whip up a fresh confection from ingredients that have surely passed their expiration date...Director Ellis...dishes up gobs of flash and sizzle. Dazzling choreography by Carlyle does too...Ellis smartly finesses the dated story so that our sympathies lie firmly with its heroine...But the production shines thanks in large part to O’Hara, who remains one of the finest vocalists working today." Full Review

90
The Washington Post

"A new, first-class Broadway version that at times raises its sparkle quotient to incandescence. Director Scott Ellis and choreographer Warren Carlyle apply so much sizzling flair to their revival of the 1948 show that it has restored my faith in efforts to mount golden-age musicals with books that have, well, seen better days...There is that creamy O’Hara coloratura, too, to sing us all into happy submission and apply to this revival an apropos adjective: unmissable." Full Review

90
WNYC

"This newly-recalibrated version directed by Scott Ellis at Roundabout Theatre changes all that. Now it's a clash of equals — and the result is delicious...A cast of multiracial, old-school hoofers, who tear into Warren Carlyle's witty choreography...This new 'Kiss Me, Kate' is a joy. It's simply one of the purest pleasures now on Broadway." Full Review

88
Front Mezz Junkies

"The musical treat hits it high in the sky, and keeps this clever musical version of William Shakespeare’s 'The Taming of the Shrew' neatly wrapped up beautifully within a musical that soars strong until the happy ending...'Kiss Me Kate' never feels stodgy, at least not as directed here at Studio 54 Theatre with buckets of bravado by Scott Ellis...The show and its cast doesn’t miss one well placed pratfall or prance." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"A significant change in the tone of the piece by tweaking and cutting dialogue in the cause of eliminating what some perceive as inherent sexism within the show's backstage story...Kelli O'Hara's glisteningly mature soprano and impeccable lyric phrasing...That's worth the price of admission alone...The rest of the show pretty much breezes along with terrific performances of classic material." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Broadway News

"An effervescent throwback to the years when the musical theater was a reliable non-chemical antidepressant...O’Hara’s soprano ranks among the most beautiful I’ve ever heard on Broadway, and it finds a sterling vehicle...The standout among the supporting cast is unquestionably Styles, delivering a confident — no, make that smashing — Broadway debut...Although 'Kate' moves at a frolicsome pace under Ellis’s direction, there’s no avoiding that the book loses steam in the second act." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
Daily Beast

"Glorious to watch, a sumptuous treat. But whatever gender controversies the musical, originally mounted in 1948, once provoked, whatever issues it raised about male control and female compliance, have been cheerfully erased...This is a conservative, conventional tweaking rather than audacious re-scaffolding of a classic...O’Hara has the kind of shimmering, operatic voice that feels too big, too good, too luminous, for Broadway." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"Writer Amanda Green, credited with additional material, didn’t rip up any of Cole Porter’s delicious ditties or take a hacksaw to Sam and Bella Spewack’s quip-filled book...What’s on stage at Studio 54 works—because how could it not, when you have a company headlined by O’Hara and Chase...It’s a thrill to see Chase, after years of replacing in hit shows and starring in a string of flops, finally get a meaty role he can make his own." Full Review

85
Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

85
Parade

"There were some 'tweaks' made to a few lines, but the real change is simply O’Hara’s bearing. Nobody will get the better of this woman...The choreography of Warren Carlyle is spectacular...The sub-plot with the younger actress Lois Lane and her boyfriend never reaches the heights that it could...But these are quibbles in an otherwise wonderful production that you shouldn’t miss." Full Review

80
New York Post

"Whether she’s hitting high notes or swatting her male co-star, Kelli O’Hara — funny and fierce — is reason enough to see 'Kiss Me, Kate'...All’s well that ends well, thanks to Scott Ellis’ witty staging, which brims with visual gags and cheekiness...Warren Carlyle’s choreography is dynamite...The musical’s book has been tweaked, though not always for the better, to minimize misogyny...Gender-parity achieved, yes? No...But the stars make the most of it." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"The first 15 minutes are a little rough around the edges. At times, Ellis's direction seems aimless, crucial chemistry is lacking, and certain numbers don't land as they should. But when 'Kate' kicks into high gear, it becomes musical-comedy heaven, delivering exuberant showstopper after exuberant showstopper...With high-flying dancers, O'Hara's soaring vocals, and Gemignani's 33-instrument orchestra, I'm happy to look past the imperfections. This 'Kiss Me, Kate' is a real treat." Full Review

80
The Wrap

"The only word less appropriate than 'diva' for O’Hara would be 'shrew.' Her masterful rendition of 'So in Love' is so heartfelt that we may overlook her rather genteel take on the Bard, but maybe not...By the way, O’Hara is in great voice throughout and has never sounded more thrilling...Scott Ellis can be credited with keeping his two leads playing from the same slightly jaded Valentine’s Day poem. He wisely keeps the more manic comedy to the show’s secondary couple." Full Review

80
New York Daily News

"A very pleasurable and inclusive evening in the company of a plethora of seasoned professionals...If O’Hara gets to dominate the opener, then Carlyle’s truly talented ensemble has all the focus in 'Too Darn Hot,' which is given a gorgeous narrative treatment...The revival’s weakness, I think, is a lack of comfort with improvisational possibility. But I’ve never been more moved by this title." Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

"More spirited than exciting, this brisk revival of great American songwriter Cole Porter’s best-known musical comedy looks nice, sounds pretty, moves fleetly, and rarely ceases to beguile the eye and ear...Looking lovely and lending luscious voice to 'So in Love,' Kelli O’Hara satisfies...One of the best-looking attractions that Roundabout has produced in some time...Ellis’ staging moves everything along swiftly even as Warren Carlyle’s lively choreography aptly kicks it up." Full Review


100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if LOVE TAP & AMAZING VOICES! The Company took the show from 90 to 100! “Too Darn Hot” stole my heart and Kelli O’Hara’s voice gave me chills.

Don't see it if You’re a moron. You have to be an exceptional person to not at least like the show much less love it. I guess misogynists will hate it?

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Funny

See it if This show has EVERYTHING a broadway musical should be - Talent- great singing - amazing dancing - The Tony Awards are a coming -

Don't see it if I cannot find any one reason to not see this show it is almost perfect

100
Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Anyone who loves great music or fabulous, amazing dance

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

96
Great writing, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love the old classic masters of musical theatre with scores that you can actually come out singing and feel like no cares in the world

Don't see it if you don't appreciate the incredible Kelli O'Hara and her glorious voice, the amazing dancing of Corbin Bleu, the humor of the gangsters

Also Roundabout has done an impeccable job of staging and updating the show... Read more Read less

92
Amazing dancing, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the classics. Like the music of Cole Porter. You love Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase, and Corbin Bleu. Love great singing and dancing

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned musicals. You want something serious and heavy.

Also The story itself is definitely a bit silly but the performances are to... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like great singing, acting, dancing and a classic American musical with some of the most popular musical theater songs & Kelli Ohara

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you like revivals or of Cole Porter. Brilliant singing (as always) from Kelli O'Hara. Studio 54 seems a little cramped for this big a show.

Don't see it if you don't care for revivals or just prefer something new.

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

88
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A great classic beautifully revived. Many wonderful songs.Superb dancing and singing by talented cast.Kelli O'Hara is sublime,as always.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of great musicals, with terrific singing and dancing.

88
Delightful

See it if Loved the show. It is the essence of old broadway-lots of great tunes, dancing, great costumes, excellent staging, and fun!

Don't see it if you don't like Cole Porter

87
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love classical musical and romance comedy then it’s a must see! The singing is phenomenal! O’Hara is a goddess.

Don't see it if It’s kind of She Loves Me plus Hello, Dolly! If you don’t like these two you can pass this one.

87
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a more “classic” escapism piece of theater

Don't see it if You want a carbon copy of the original production, or even the 1999 revival

Also While I agree with some critics who say Kelli o’hera is a bit miscast,... Read more Read less

85
Great dancing, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy classic musicals or appreciate great dancing.

Don't see it if you prefer modern musicals.

85
Great dancing, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen it before. It's a great script with a great Cole Porter score. High energy dance numbers.

Don't see it if you may be disappointed if you saw the 1999 B'way revival, which was funnier, more energetic, and better.

Also O'Hara and Chase were enjoyable in the lead roles. I feel like it took... Read more Read less

85
Classic, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like classic musicals performed by a stellar cast.

Don't see it if You prefer modern broadway musicals. The book is dated but the music, choreography, and cast are not to be missed.

83
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you've never seen a production of Kiss Me, Kate

Don't see it if you are offended by revivals.

Also They say the original story doesn't age well, and changes were made to... 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.

82
Silly book, Old fashioned, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you like old fashioned musicals. Well cast overall with Kelli O'Hara and Corbin Bleu standouts for me. Some excellent dance numbers.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another revival with a problematic book. The story ranges from sexist to just silly.

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

80
Slow, Fluffy, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like Cole Porter and the classics.

Don't see it if You're done with slow, thin-plotted musicals that are really just intended to showcase song and dance.

Also I was happy to see the bulk of the really blatant misogyny removed fro... 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.

80
Great staging, Funny, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want a show with great dancing

Don't see it if You want something profound and meaningful

80
Must see, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if In a word, Kelli O'Hara is worth the price of admission. Classic songs with heady lyrics performed by strong voices.

Don't see it if The dancing was simply not top drawer. It's Too Darn Hot left me cold. Choreography seems dumbed down. Nostalgic musical seems a bit dated

80
Dated, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a big, old fashioned musical and want to see it done by some of the best. Kelli O'Hara is other worldly. Great dancing too.

Don't see it if You don't care for the classics or hate seeing them changed.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You wanna see a great production of a masterpiece!

Don't see it if You don’t like classic musicals. Really, if Be More Chill and Dear Evan Hansen are your jam you might not like the his. That’s okay :)


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