Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)

From 663 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 (663)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

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

65
Overrated, Masterful, Great dancing, Cliched, Dated

See it if for some excellent performances, tap dancing on the ceiling, several great numbers. You LOVE Porter or Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't want to endure a very dated production adapting a very sexist play. I don't want to say it's irredeemable, but maybe unreviveable?

Also Cole Porter is hysterical and clearly brilliant, but the show is just ... Read more Read less

63
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if you want to hear the Cole Porter songs or don't care about dated material

Don't see it if you want shows that are even remotely relevant or still have anything to add to the cultural conversation

68
Romantic, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you love the music and expect to see a show that, while slightly tweaked, is mostly by the book.

Don't see it if you are looking for a truly inventive or interesting take on a pretty boring musical.

60
Banal, Irrelevant, Slow, Dated, Great dancing

See it if Three good dance numbers in a 2 1/2 show make it worth seeing. You think Kelli can do no wrong (sorry. She. Is. Not. Funny.)

Don't see it if You don’t think the highlight of act one should be Tom dick and Harry while the low point is I Hate Men. If you have anything else to see.

Also Surprisingly Corbin was amazing. I wish i could have seen the few good... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Great score

See it if You love revivals, want to see fun dancing, love this score, or are a fan of any of the actors involved.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary musicals or revivals that actually have something new to say (this one does not).

Also This is the tamest shrew I have ever seen. Sadly, by trying to update ... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Dated, Out-dated, Romantic, Overrated

See it if you love the show and just want to see a production of it.

Don't see it if Shakespeare bores you or if new band-aids covering up sexist material won't keep you from feeling icky.

69
Great singing, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you love Kelli O'Hara or this particular show.

Don't see it if you are looking for a modern take on a classic. Feels very dated and plot is even more cringey when revisiting it in modern day.

69
Entertaining

See it if you love Kelly or Will Chase and want to see a fun light musical classic

Don't see it if you want any kind of depth or touching moments in your musicals....

65
Great singing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You absolutely love revivals and can’t bear to miss one

Don't see it if You have had enough revivals

60
Great singing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like classic Broadway and are there for entertainment purposes only

Don't see it if You want to see something that isn't so dated and boring to a modern audience

66
Overrated, Great dancing, Great singing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you love old classics or love a good tap line

Don't see it if you don't like seeing outdated sexism and misogynist tropes

55
Overrated, Great singing

See it if you know and enjoy its songs; if you want to see a classic musical, even if this version is not as good as previous ones

Don't see it if you have already seen Kiss Me Kate; if long dancing routines put you to sleep

68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if See it for Kelli!

Don't see it if If you don't want to see another revival.

65
Fluffy, Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Porter's music, want to see some great dancing, production design, stellar performance from O'Hara, just want a comfortable show.

Don't see it if You like more modern shows, looking for something a bit more thematically rich, not a fan of big dance breaks, want more involved direction.

Also I might be more harsh on this because of what I saw this weekend befor... Read more Read less

67
Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You love O’Hara and want to hear Cole Porter sung beautifully l

Don't see it if You’re either A) a purist who doesn’t like it when directors muck around with classics OR B) want to see an interesting new take on the show

51
Dated, Cliched

See it if You enjoy dated musical where the leads are fighting and yelling. Singing is excellent but not enough to keep me interested.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big glorious broadway musical.

56
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like big splashy entertainment that makes no effort to go below the surface, relying too blithely on the Shakespearean connection

Don't see it if you would actually like a revival that makes references to another time period not gloss over those very details as if they're not important

57
Great dancing, Bleu, Fucking, Mother, Corbin

See it if You want to see Corbin Bleu steal the fucking show with incredible dancing.

Don't see it if You want to see a good musical. This production is great but the show of Kiss Me Kate is terrible

69
Refreshing, Great singing, Dated, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if Hearing beautiful tunes sung well and seeing two show-stopping dance numbers is enough

Don't see it if U expect a classic show to really pop all the way through

65
Boring, Great singing, Great dancing, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You're a fan of the show/that sort of Broadway show, and you're after some old-timey Broadway fluff.

Don't see it if You expect a reimagining, or anything with any real substance or heart.

Also The dancing ranges from okay to superb, but the rest of the production... Read more Read less

56
Slow, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched

See it if You like old fashioned musicals and you love Kelly O’Hara, who could sing ANYTHING and melt your heart

Don't see it if You like invigorating, smart, layered re-imaginings of classics. Cause this ain’t that.

Also Hated it so much I left at intermission.

60
Safe, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like bubblegum, easy theater. You like O'Hara's voice which is still incredible and stands out from the rest.

Don't see it if You want to see great acting or a show with soul. It's all very vanilla and straightforward, the set, the costumes, the singing.

69
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if If you like fantastic singing and 3 wonderful dance numbers.

Don't see it if The show seemed long and loud. The Shakespearean dialogue was hard to follow since it was spoken so rapidly.

59
Overrated, Slow, Romantic, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if It is for free and you want the experience

Don't see it if You are looking for a show that will keep your attention.


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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