New York | 2h 30m | Ends Jun 30

Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway)

From 42 critic and 236 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)


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

80
NewNowNext.com

"The book by Sam and Bella Spewack is pretty thin...But the leads—while not dominating—infuse the show with presence, O’Hara lilting her songs in a breathtaking fashion...Any profound statement about the battle of the sexes is as absent any reason 'Too Darn Hot' was put in the show in the first place. It’s that kind of show, and that’s all fine; this is pure entertainment, and as such, it’s too darn hot, especially when performed with this kind of verve." Full Review

80
Newsday

"While these tweaks might make the show feel more current, they don’t really deal with the problem at hand. That would be the misogynistic message suggesting a woman is required to be nothing but subservient to her husband...Truthfully, it ends up not mattering all that much. Director Scott Ellis lets O’Hara and Chase and the rest of the cast win the audience over with the glorious music and choreographer Warren Carlyle pulls out all the stops in joyful production numbers." Full Review

80
Deadline

"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." Full Review

75
Theater News Online

"For all the pleasures this revival offers, Ellis’ production comes with several serious caveats. Purists will find Green’s tweaking of the book more sore-thumby than the similar but smoother surgery Guare performed...Ellis, a superb director of these revivals, opts for a purposely dated style here, most evident in having his stars front and center, delivering the delicious soliloquies – directly to us. Wrong...A very good presentation of a very great musical." Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

70
Variety

"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." Full Review

70
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

70
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"A good revival of this classic and beloved show...O’Hara’s singing is gorgeous throughout this musical and Chase does a fine job as well...Fine singing, fine dancing, a nice set, and good tunes are usually enough to propel a Broadway musical. I kept wondering why the show seemed flat overall despite so many enjoyable sections...This version might have hit far greater heights if it were sharper and more hilariously Shakespearean in scale." Full Review

65
The Stage (UK)

"Scott Ellis’ revival of the Cole Porter musical unites the effervescent Kelli O’Hara with the rakish Will Chase for a production that is stronger on romantic longing than it is on musical comedy. While the leads sparkle and Ellis’s production showcases the jazzy score, it’s an otherwise sedate affair...O’Hara is suitably steely and Chase ridiculously smug. Both their voices are perfectly calibrated and their timing strong. But, when the focus shifts away from the leads, the production sags." Full Review

65
Los Angeles Times

"The show stars Broadway divinity Kelli O’Hara, who endows whatever musical role she’s playing with coloratura splendor. Muscularly directed by Scott Ellis, the production showcases Warren Carlyle’s exhilarating choreography...No one is likely to go home feeling outraged or under-entertained. Yet some essential human chemistry is missing...That sense of seductive inevitability, which was ever-present in the 1999 Broadway revival, is roughhoused out of Ellis’ production." Full Review

65
The Theatre Times

“Do come if you’d like to see O’Hara crack a whip and sing the roof off Studio 54. It’s well worth the trip to bask in her glorious soprano...The women do rule this production. As Lois Lane, Styles is a sheer delight...Yet, O’Hara and Styles are singular comforts in a revival that feels lackluster, missing a certain, dazzling spark...Whatever is awry with this revival is...subtle. It’s just a fairly straight reproduction, exciting in very few of its restorations." Full Review

60
Broadway Blog

"In Scott Ellis’s anemically directed production, neither has the staying power or depth to celebrate (or reimagine) the 1949 Tony Award-winning hit...O’Hara is the only one who earns the sentiment. So dynamic is her performance, which soars in operatic glory...Choreographer Carlyle injects passion into Ellis’s otherwise mostly nondescript staging...Fleeting moments aren’t enough to compensate for the mostly lifeless faces of the ensemble while their bodies are wholly expressive." Full Review

55
AM New York

"As an unnecessary, underwhelming and miscast revival...A pale imitation of the 1999 production that seems to have come straight out of the freezer...Taking on Lili/Katharine marks a clear attempt by O’Hara to branch out into musical comedy, but she appears tentative with the broad, larger-than-life antics required of the role...On the other hand, Corbin Bleu and Stephanie Styles shine as the secondary couple." Full Review

50
NJ.com

"The curiously underpowered revival of 'Kiss Me, Kate' never gets out of first gear. Directed by Scott Ellis, this is a handsomely crafted, ambitiously cast, top-shelf production — it feels like it should work. It doesn’t. It’s a farce without spark or any real point of view...Without much in the way of energy or chemistry between them, the seams of this show’s occasionally slipshod construction are more apparent than usual." Full Review

30
The Wall Street Journal

"'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)." Full Review


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 :)

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You would like an old fashioned Broadway show with great singing, great dancing including exquisite Tap Numbers and an enjoyable show

Don't see it if you want a more modern play

78
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy classic musicals, flashy dance numbers, star-studded casts. Exquisite dancing, especially for "Too Darn Hot!"

Don't see it if You prefer more modern musicals instead of revivals. You find the whole show's premise sexist, despite the clever dramaturgical edits.

78
Lackluster, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals, want to see great dancing or you can't bear to miss Kelli O'Hara (even though she's miscast here)

Don't see it if you have high expectations for the production. It's lackluster, charmless and largely miscast. The leads are not in the 2 best scenes.

75
Pretty, lively, a bit dated and forced

See it if You love Kelli O'Hara, enjoy some classic Cole Porter (some not so much), want to see a slightly updated old show, enjoy a lively stage.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything other than Kelli.The show feels forced and lacks joy. It's brassy, busy and loud but has little chemistry, love.

73
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you just want to hear Kelli and Will sing this beautiful score or are a fan of old-fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big new modern version of a classic show.

72
Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you didn't see the last sublime revival, you might enjoy it. The dancing is often exhilarating but no one was well cast.

Don't see it if It still comes across as dated despite the unnecessary updates. 1999 production didn't and was more dazzling.

70
Average, Dated, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of traditional old-school musicals and love Cole Porter

Don't see it if you're looking for a new spin on an old classic, there's nothing new here

Also Some great dancing. The Some Like It Hot number was a real show stoppe... Read more Read less

70
Looks cheap, Funny, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are a big fan of this show and want to see it again although it isn’t the best revival.

Don't see it if You want a modern musical done well.

Also First let me say, this is one of my favorite musicals. Unfortunately, ... Read more Read less

96
Must see, Great singing

See it if The choreography, pacing, staging, singing made the show fly by. It is Broadway at its best, now at Studio 54, it is sophisticated.

Don't see it if You object to colorful sexual implications, funny not offensive.

95
Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Oh, please. JUST GO SEE T!!!

Don't see it if O.K. Some less than great casting choices.

90
Melodic, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if Whether you've see past versions or have never seen it before, this one with Kelli O'Hara is among the best. And those Cole Porter lyrics!

Don't see it if Don't see it if you just don't enjoy wit-filled musicals!

90
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Your looking for an entertaining night of the theater with great singing, big dance numbers, fabulous costumes and sets.

Don't see it if You are looking for edgier more thought provoking work.

86
Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if excellent singing and costumes-- well worth the time and money

Don't see it if fully for those who love music and shakespeare comedy-- dont go if you dont like this genre

78
Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like to see wonderful actors!

Don't see it if You get anxious going to the broadway district..

100
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you love great fun musicals with great singing, acting, dancing-it's the whole 9 yards.

Don't see it if Only if you don't like good musicals.

100
During previews
Great choreography, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love classic musicals, you love great singing, choreography and tap dancing. Both Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase are wonderful.

Don't see it if You want an edgier, more modern theater experience.

100
During previews
Must see, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if want to see a grand musical with stars the exude chemistry. EEnsemble choreography& tap dance is grand.Lots of laugh Costumes, staging Aplus

Don't see it if Just go see it and have fun

Also Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase have excellent chemistry & voices. While sho... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you love musicals, especially the great classics. Every single aspect of production is fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, even the best.

100
During previews
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if The current revival of Kiss Me Kate has it all, amazing singing, dancing acting and Cole Porter songs. Costumes and staging breathtaking

Don't see it if You don’t like revivals or are offended by story - role of women as subservient.


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