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

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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.

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

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  1. Kiss Me, Kate: OvertureKiss Me, Kate Orchestra;Pembroke Davenport 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Kiss Me, Kate: Another Op'nin, Another ShowAnnabelle Hill;Kiss Me, Kate Ensemble 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Why Can't You Behave?Lisa Kirk;Harold Lang 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. WunderbarPatricia Morison;Alfred Drake 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Kiss Me, Kate: So in LovePatricia Morison 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. We Open in VeniceAlfred Drake;Patricia Morison;Lisa Kirk;Harold Lang 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Kiss Me, Kate: Tom, Dick or HarryEdwin Clay;Harold Lang;Charles Wood;Lisa Kirk 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Kiss Me, Kate: I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in PaduaAlfred Drake;Kiss Me, Kate Ensemble 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Kiss Me, Kate: I Hate MenPatricia Morison 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Kiss Me, Kate: Were Thine That Special FaceAlfred Drake;Kiss Me, Kate Ensemble 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Kiss Me, Kate: Too Darn HotLorenzo Fuller;Eddie Sledge;Fred Davis 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Kiss Me, Kate: Where is the Life That Late I Led?Alfred Drake 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Always True to You (In My Fashion)Lisa Kirk 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Kiss Me, Kate: BiancaHarold Lang;Kiss Me, Kate Ensemble 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. So in Love (Reprise)Alfred Drake 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Kiss Me, Kate: Brush Up Your ShakespeareHarry Clark;Jack Diamond 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Kiss Me, Kate: I Am Ashamed That Women Are So SimplePatricia Morison 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Finale: Kiss Me, KateAlfred Drake;Patricia Morison;Kiss Me, Kate Ensemble0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Kiss Me, Kate Overture (Bonus Track)Curtain Going Up Orchestra;Lehman Engel 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By Mark Andrew Lawrence on May 23, 2004
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 7 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on 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 By Peter Prainito on 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 By Gregor von Kallahann on 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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