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Kiss Me, Kate (1948 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Original recording remastered]

Cole Porter , Alfred Drake , Patricia Morison Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Kiss Me, Kate: OvertureVarious 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Kiss Me, Kate: Another Op'nin, Another ShowVarious 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Kiss Me, Kate: Why Can't You Behave?Various 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kiss Me, Kate: WunderbarVarious 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kiss Me, Kate: So In LoveVarious 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kiss Me, Kate: We Open in VeniceVarious 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kiss Me, Kate: Tom, Dick or HarryVarious 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Kiss Me, Kate: I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in PaduaVarious 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Hate MenVarious 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Were Thine That Special FaceVarious 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kiss Me, Kate: Act II: Too Darn HotVarious 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Kiss Me, Kate: Where is the Life That Late I Led?Alfred Drake 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Kiss Me, Kate: Always True To You (In My Fashion)Various 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Kiss Me, Kate: BiancaVarious 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Kiss Me, Kate: So in Love (Reprise)Various 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Brush Up Your ShakespeareVarious 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Kiss Me, Kate: I Am Ashamed That Women Are So SimpleVarious 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Kiss Me, Kate: Finale: Kiss Me, KateVarious0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Kiss Me, Kate OvertureVarious 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Cole Porter, Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison
  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007OHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Opening at the tail end of 1948, Kiss Me, Kate became an instant classic--and amazingly didn't receive a full-scale revival until 1999. All the more reason to revel in its original version. With its cunning play-within-a-play premise (a musical update of The Taming of the Shrew reverberates in backstage feuds), brilliant mix of high and low comedy, and of course some of Cole Porter's better-known songs--"So in Love," "I Hate Men," Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)"--Kiss Me, Kate remains a funny, zesty hall of mirrors. Hard as you may try to find a fly in the ointment, there's no fault with the cast either--Patricia Morison, for instance, is a perfectly petulant Lilli Vanessi. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

This was the first cast album ever recorded for LP-and 1998 marks the show's 50th anniversary! Includes a bonus track, Kiss Me, Kate Overture , plus original reviews, press clips and Playbill.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the peerless original cast March 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
KISS ME KATE is still regarded as Cole Porter's greatest musical; a charming backstage story detailing feuding ex-spouses Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham as they star in a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew".
Very rarely has the score been bettered than the original 1949 cast album, reissued here on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label. Patricia Morison plays Lilli, with Alfred Drake (OKLAHOMA!, KISMET, GIGI) as Fred, the feuding, ego-ridden leads. Lisa Kirk (ALLEGRO, MACK AND MABEL) is the sexy young starlet Lois, with Harold Lang (PAL JOEY) as her caddish boyfriend Bill.
KISS ME KATE opened at the New Century Theatre on Broadway in 1949, making history in its run of over 1000 performances. Patricia Morison is perfectly-suited to the role of Lilli. She offers a glowing rendition of "So in Love", whilst her duet with Alfred Drake in the tongue-in-cheek "Wunderbar" is sublime. Lisa Kirk gets three of the big showstoppers ("Why Can't You Behave?", "Tom Dick or Harry" and "Always True to You in My Fashion"), and nails each and every one. Harold Lang was a better dancer than he ever was as a singer, but is quite good on this disc.
A must-own.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in January 1949, this album of KISS ME KATE has remained in print adn a steady best-seller for over 50 years now.
The sound on this newly remastered CD is crisp and clear and easily surpasses all previous issues. Sony even uses the original artwork from the very first LP release.
The performances remain as fresh as ever. Alfred Drake was Broadway's top leading man and sounds just glorious. Pat Morrison had less of a career but sounds just perfect as Lilli. Lisa Kirk is wonderful as Lois, and Harold Lang makes the most of his few moments on the record as her boyfriend, Bill. In an unusual move these peopel reunited 10 years later to re-record the score for Capitol in true stereo. They still sound great on that recording (on CD as part of the Broadway Angel series) but the performances are fresher on this recording made just 2 weeks after KIS ME KATE had opened on Broadway to rave reviews.
The CD booklet has good info about the show, though curiously, no synopsis. There are, however, a half dozen pictures of the original production. This edition featureds longer takes of "We Open in Venice", "I Hate Men" and "Too Darn Hot" though the total extra music adds but a minute to the album's running time. A bonus track of the Overture dates from a 1958 stereo recording by Lehman Engle.
KISS ME KATE was the first Tony Award winner for Best Musical (1949). The 1999 revival won a Tony for Best Revival.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of the Sexes Continues ! ! ! October 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Its hard to believe that this musical is over 50 years old. It might take place in the '40s, but as you listen it sounds as fresh and timeless as ever, even if some of the lyrics are a tad bit politically incorrect. Of the three versions (*IMHO* I think the movie lacked the energy of the stage play), The Liner Notes (19 pg. booklet) really bring the CD to life with a lot of interesting information about how the play came to be, including the amazing fact that Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi's charactor's are actually based on real people ! Its also amazing to find out that at the time Cole Porter was writing it the general buzz was that he was washed out - - finished - - that his best days were behind him, yet the show opened to unanimously rave reviews !
Another thing I like about this version of the CD is that unlike the Revival broadway cast recording (which I like a lot !), it also has two additional versions of the overture, one which was actually recorded 10 years later and fits in well with the CD. Kiss Me Kate afterall is a musical with enough substantive material to make a medley the legnth of the CD itself.
I have one question though : Atleast in the current version Lilli Vanessi sings "From This Moment On" but it appears on neither of the CDs - - I wonder why ?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wunderbar! December 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am so impressed by the truly outstanding job that Columbia has been doing on these original cast CDs. This latest purchase, Kiss Me Kate, is still another gem. For being a mono 1949 recording, you would not believe it. I honestly think it sounds as good as stereo. The cast and singing are idiomatic. Kiss Me Kate has been blessed with several excellent recordings, be they Broadway, movie, or new studio recordings. If you love this musical, your library would not be complete without this disc. It bears repeating, I have bought several of these newly remastered Columbia discs and have nothing but praise for their superb quality. Many of the discs also have great fillers. Some other ones include: West Side Story, On the Town, and The Sound of Music. MCA has also been doing a great job with their original Broadway discs. As for Rhino (Turner Soundtracks), it's usually hit or miss....mostly miss, I'm sad to say. Kiss Me Kate gets 5 solid stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brush Up Your Cole Porter April 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved the movie version of KISS ME, KATE, and especially as time goes on, that classic film will almost of necessity be what comes to mind when people think of Cole Porter's snappy, intelligent musical. Of course, there are still Broadway buffs alive who recall the original play and will insist that the original stage version was the superior, and pretty much definitive take on the material. And that may be so, but the film is pretty much all we have by way of an historical record: the film, its soundtrack, AND the various cast recordings, I should say. Still, visual records being what they are, the film is what people are going to remember.

Still, it's great to have that record embellished by the two extant cast recordings. The original cast was superlative, and while I don't know if their stage presence would have translated to the big screen, it's surprising, in a sense, that no one from that cast made the transition to the film. Maybe Patricia Morrison, Alfred Drake and Lisa Kirk weren't household names back in the late '40s, and I guess Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller pretty much were: nowadays, they're ALL names primarily known to fans of old musicals, and more's the pity.

I understand that some champion the original because it includes some numbers that were omitted from the film. It's nice to hear "Bianca," for instance, although now that I have, I can understand why the filmmakers would have few qualms about cutting this rather bland number. I also haven't compared the texts here to those of the films, but I'm willing to believe those who maintain that the material was "cleaned up" a bit for the movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Recording
I didn't dislike anything but that doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine
Published 12 months ago by Ford Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had seen the actual Show!!!!
I wish I was about 20 when Kiss Me Kate opened so I could have witnessed this body shaking, gut bursting work of Cole Porter. This is the first time I've heard it. Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by Cornelius G. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars The best and maybe the last CD of this great musical.
Now is the perfect time to buy the CD of this.

Sony's transfer engineers used state-of-the-art restoration software to remove the roughness and surface noise from the... Read more
Published on February 19, 2006 by J. Gordon Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS BROADWAY SHOW
COLE PORTER'S most famous musical play hasn't lost none of it's power over the years;it's one of those few shows in which all the elements clicks:cast,songs,libretto, to make a... Read more
Published on January 10, 2001 by ALAIN ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brush up your Shakespeare--this recording is too darn hot!
Cole Porter's finest musical made a great recording, one that every musical theatre fan should own. Kiss Me, Kate featured Alfred Drake (in what I consider his best role),... Read more
Published on July 27, 2000 by Matthew Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Gold
This is classic broadway music. These are the songs you sing in the shower and hear on Name that Tune. The cast is as stellar as the songs. Read more
Published on January 7, 2000 by Donald
4.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Drake leads successfully!
Drake and rookie Pat Morison sing the duet "Wunderbar" well along with other tunes. This is Cole Porter at his finest and you need to have this CD.
Published on August 2, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine original cast recording of Porter's best show
This was the first original cast album to be released on LP and is a fine record of the way the original stage production sounded. Read more
Published on August 6, 1998 by A. Andersen
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