Absolute rubbish. Waste of £40.00 - USER: Whatsonstage.com
22 Aug 02
Why is everyone so excited about this revival? It's OK but it isn't as good as the RSC's definitive 1987 production. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
22 Jul 02
This was a really lovely musical. The singing and acting were fantastic. I was disappointed when I heard Marin Mazzie was no longer the lead, however Rachel York was fantastic, as was Nancey Anderson. The company are full of life and make this a very enjoyable show. It seems such a shame that it has to close early - people obviously do noy realise what they are missing! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
14 Jul 02
Saw Carolee on Saturday evening and I thought she was excellent:) She plays it differently to Marin but both interpretations work well. I love the high pitched squeaky voice as she tells Harrison she can't sit down, then yells it when he doesn't hear her!! Carolee plays it softer than Marin, like a spoilt actress having tantrums, which I thought worked very well. Carolee and Brent also had a good rapport.
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17 Jun 02
This is a brilliant production of a great musical. The score is joyous. The direction, choreography and cast are stunning. Michael Beresse is especially winning as Bill Calhoun because he makes the role so special! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
09 May 02
Too boring and operatic. The theatre was too hot too. (and no.. Too Darn Hot is not a good pun!) - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 May 02
I also have seen this production a number of times simply because for my money it's the best thing in the West End at the moment! I saw 60 theatrical productions last year and Kiss Me Kate shone high above them. It's a great shame that it wasn't rewarded by the Olivier Awards, as it could so easily have won in all its categories. The four leads are fantastic, the supporting company without exception first class. People are complaining about the sets, but of course most of the onstage sets we see are supposed to be part of the cheap touring production of Taming of the Shrew which features in the wider musical. I shall be sorry to see the four Broadway stars leave, but I'm also sure that with such high calibre in the remaining company the show will go on. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
11 Mar 02
I have now seen this show 6 times since it opened, it is without doubt the best show currently gracing the West End, and from someone who has seen nearly every show in the West End that is high praise believe me!! The four American stars are fabulous and the British cast are great too. It certainly knocks spots of My Fair Lady. I look forward to my next visit over the Easter holidays. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Mar 02
Well, i saw it in previews and thought it was dreadful then, so cant imagine what it would be like to see it after the outstanding (suspect) reviews. A dull production of a musical masterpiece. American leads wonderful, but im afraid british cast just cannot keep up with them. The set is one of the worst ive ever seen for a big musical. AVOID. See My Fair Lady or My one And Only instead. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
21 Feb 02
13th February 2002.
I don't like to admit to being disappointed. We had top seats at £40.00 but felt the entire show was mechanical. The lead had a great voice but lacked the fiery passion of Kate. I saw an amatuer production locally that had much more vigour. The sets were very ordinary. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
14 Feb 02
After such wonderful reviews I must admit that I was a little disappointed but still worth seeing. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
13 Feb 02
What a great show. Absolutely fantastic.
Fast, funny, a great dancing. This is what musicals should be. A an absolute must. My Fair Lady, what a bore. Over three hours of nothing. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
17 Jan 02
An excellent evening. The "Too Darn Hot" and "I'm Always True to You' numbers were flawless and the cast excellent. Even though the score and the songs may not be as good as in other musicals, "Kiss Me Kate" is a much better overall production. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
30 Dec 01
I didn't think this would be my kind of show but I really enjoyed it (apart from hanging on for dear life in the upper circle).
The story and story within the story were both really good and very funny at times. The music was wonderful and every tune memorable and the choreography was first class. I have to disagree with anyone who said that the British cast weren't as good as the American leads - they were all very good.
The leads especially Marin Mazzie as Lili/ Kate and Brent Barrett as Fred/ Petruchio were both outstanding and were a joy to watch.
So if you're in two minds about seeing this show then make your mind up to see it (but try to get a better seat than I did as it's pretty uncomfortable up in the upper circle). - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Dec 01
What a great show!! Even worth the agony of trying to sit comfortably in the upper circle! Especially loved the use of the stage for Too Darn Hot and the use of all those levels for I'm Always True to You in my Fashion. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
27 Nov 01
Absolute rubbish. A wonderful score given great treatment by the american leads, but the english cast are terrible. Bad set and dull choreography. Go see MY FAIR LADY instead.. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
08 Nov 01
Having seen the show a number of years ago, I was not particularly looking forward to being dragged along. However I must say that it was one of the best evenings I have ever spent at the theatre. A must see... - USER: Whatsonstage.com
06 Nov 01
I'm surprised at the reviewers who didn't like the British cast, as I know many people from the New York area who frequently come to London because they say the quality of musicals is higher here than on Broadway. Certainly the party of Americans next to me on press night thought it was perfect. As for me: this production of KMK is the best show I've seen this year, and as I've been to the theatre 146 times so far this year that's quite a recommendation. This is a show not to be missed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 Nov 01
I'm sorry that London didn't get Brian Stokes Mitchell, whose singing and acting were superb in the Alfred Drake role [he won a Tony Award]. Mitchell stayed in New York to star in "King Hedley II" by August Wilson, whose "Jitney" is currently in London in an exemplary production. But your reviewer might have noticed that serious changes have been made in the show, including an interpolated grape-stomping dance which has nothing to do with the wedding scene, and a big production number of "Too Darn Hot," which was originally a black, jazzy tap number. The General's role has been much enlarged and a song interpolated for him to sing that wasn't in the original show. And this new production is extremely elaborate and beautifully lit. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
02 Nov 01
Saw it on Broadway and here and have to say that the english cast knocked spots off the Broadway ensemble who seemed tired and bored and listless. The Broadway leads were great though, as they are here. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
31 Oct 01
I saw KmK on Broadway and it was really great. Unfortunately, it is know that the Brits aren't up to the Broadway standard. Our drama schools teach the kids to sing with a 'west end sound' which isn't good enough (they all sound the same) and dancing - forget about it. They are taught to move which isn't the same thing. How many times did I bang my heart trying to get British trained performers into shows to no avail. They can't hack it- sing, sometimes maybe but dance forget it. You have to go to somewhere like Elmhurst to get the kids than can really dance. It's no surprise that they have to bring over American casts. I saw Swing in the States but try and cast it here, I don't thing so. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
31 Oct 01
Its a boring evening. The RSC version years ago was so much better. This was a dull and predictable night. The chorus looked knackered very early on. A pity. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
30 Oct 01
I wouldn't say it was that bad at all. In fact I had a rather enjoyable evening. The musical itself is great so I don't know why you found it so dull even if you didn't like the chorus. Anyway, they did a great job with The Too Darn Hard scene to open Act II. I agree that the 4 leads were incredible. I think there seemed to be a great atmosphere on stage (despite a basic set) and the comic timing was great last night - I had fun. It's easy going, light hearted entertainment - USER: Whatsonstage.com
30 Oct 01
well, after all the fuss, this show goes to prove that we stage revivals better than anyone else. With the exception of the 4 american leads, the cast were Dreadful. The chorus struggled to keep up with their american counterparts. I am loathed to say that the english cant match the broadway standard (performing) but this is proof of that. The dancing was un-inspired, dull and badly executed by the odd lookin ensemble....all dumpy and un-attractive. Thank god for Marin Mazzie with her sensational voice, strugglin to save an evening that was mind-numbinly dull. Terrible, unimainitive set aswell. Such a shame. Bring on South Pacific, where the national will show, again, how its to be done.. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
30 Oct 01
Saw the show 11 days into its run - superb! Hard to believe it's over 50 years old. The music is of the era but so strong that it remains fresh and exciting; my 2 young kids were singing the songs all the way the home and we had to buy the CD. We'd all see it again and again. The cast worked so hard and seemed to enjoy it as much as we did - a real thrill and show that should be performed forever. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
28 Oct 01
See this show: great songs (many of which you'll have forgotten were in this score) fab frocks and attractive, athletic chorines of both sexes. Slick choreography and huge enthusiasm - I don't know how the cast felt after only the second preview, but I was exhausted! Everyone works so hard and the characters are hugely appealing. Seriously, if you want a good old-fashioned laugh-out-loud musical comedy which looks and sounds beautiful and will leave you with that feel-good sensation, get to this show - you won't be disappointed! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
19 Oct 01
caught the second preview last night and I would say it's set to be a smash. Marin Mazzie is right on the money as Katharine/Lili and whilst Brent Barrett probably needs another week to play himself into the role of Fred/Petruchio, they make a great pair of headliners, only occasionally eclipsed by the second pair of lovers Michael Berresse (great singing, dancing and the theatre goes entirely moist when he takes his shirt off) and Nancy Anderson who has a great time vamping her way through "I'm always True to You Darling in my fashion".
I'd never heard of Kathleen Marshall but the choreography is sensational, the ensemble work particularly good and the sleazy "Too Darn Hot" at the beginning of the second act is a ten-minute showstopper.
Deserves to do really well. Thank god they shot Buddy at last and made the theatre available!
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18 Oct 01
I saw Kiss me Kate in Broadway last week and I can highly recommend this musical, it was fantastic, very entertaining, a great evening for the whole family. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
17 Oct 01
I saw this production on Broadway and it is great - a must see. I can'y wait to see if it is the same cast. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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