Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)
Closed 2h 30m
Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)
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Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(688 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (688)

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115 Reviews | 48 Followers
100
As good as it gets

See it if [closed -- but was glorious -- the epitome of what a Broadway musical should be -- new or revival]

Don't see it if [was no reason not to see this] Read more

59 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You love good old musical theatre. This production was near perfection! Great voices, acting, set and choreography! Too bad it’s closing.

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals or want to see a “different” musical.

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
100
A joy, Great dancing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear Cole Porter's marvelous lyrics, wonderful dance numbers, a fun story, great music; you like good old fashioned musicals

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

538 Reviews | 158 Followers
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 !

72 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Great singing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you enjoy retro shows with great dancing and singing.

Don't see it if your feminist sensibilities cannot be suspended for the mindset of the plot. Women are adults not children.

166 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a perfect updated revival of a classic Cole Porter musical with truly memorable tunes. K. O'Hara heads an very talented cast.

Don't see it if I cannot think of any reason for anyone not to see this show. Read more

94 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a classic staged impeccably with the highest caliber of performers bringing it to life.

Don't see it if you're committed to being grumpy forever.

118 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Exquisite, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You want to have a glorious great time!

Don't see it if You need a perfectly written book/musical.

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 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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Deadline
March 14th, 2019

"Whatever occasional shortcomings befall this mostly terrific revival, a spanked, put-upon heroine isn’t one. Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase are so evenly matched – in performance, talent and temperament – that it’s hard to imagine a more finely balanced battle de deux...For me, the production takes full flight with 'I Hate Men,' about midway through the first act, when O’Hara delivers a full throated and beautifully arch takedown of what later generations would simply call patriarchy."
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New York Daily News
March 14th, 2019

"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."
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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 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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