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

36
Beautifullly sung miscast dud

See it if You adore Kelli o hara singing gorgeously however miscast. If only she didnt have to act. Annoying Lois Lane underwhelming will chase .

Don't see it if You don’t have great memories of the movie or former revival. This does no favors to the show

35
Fluffy, Excruciating, Great singing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you never have and just enjoy old style B/way musicals

Don't see it if you want the lyrics to make sense. Or don't have much use for average-at-best musicals.

45
Dull, hyperactive, soporific

See it if you're a die-hard fan of any of the cast.

Don't see it if you seek any surprises from theatre.

Also An odd production that never stops running around or wildly gesticulat... Read more Read less

25
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want to see talented singing in a drawn out production.

Don't see it if You want to see a less entertaining cross between something rotten and on the 21st century.

49
Great singing, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You want to see the great Kelli O'Hara enthrall an audience with great performances of "So in Love" and "I Hate Men."

Don't see it if You saw the Marin Mazzie/Stokes production in 1999-2000. It was far superior. This is, almost literally, a bus and truck version.

43
Insipid

See it if U like bad jokes.

Don't see it if You want a concise and funny plot.

45
Great singing, Poor adaptation, Overrated

See it if You like Cole Porter, great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't approve of censoring classic award winning shows to cater to current sensibilities.

Also With a talented cast, including Kelli O'Hara, even a poorly done adapt... Read more Read less

6
Dated

See it if If you want to waist your money.

Don't see it if I found this show to be dated and sophomoric in so many ways. A waste of a great talent like Kelly O'Hara. I left after the first act.

During previews
35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see the only bright ray of sunshine in this dull, unnecessary revival - Stephanie Styles (as Lois Lane/Bianca).

Don't see it if You want a energetic, colorful, quick witted staging of this dud musical. Kelli O’Hara is terribly miscast as Lilli Vanessi. Pass on it!

During previews
48
Disappointing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of any of the principals

Don't see it if you care about the book of the original show.

Also If a period piece cannot be staged without fundamentally rewriting it ... Read more Read less

During previews
48
Huge disappointment, Mediocre direction, Mediocre set, Mediocre choreography, Mediocre cast

See it if you'd watch Kelli O'Hara read the phone book. That would be funnier than her miscast performance here. Makes you yearn for Marin Mazzie.

Don't see it if you're expecting any fresh spark of innovation or originality. Too Darn Hot is very athletic, but it goes on forever without ever building.


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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