Kiss Me, Kate ~ TV ~ 11.20.58 ~ (Hallmark Hall of Fame) ~ Alfred Drake, Patricia Morrison, Julie Wilson, Jack Klugman, Harvey Lembeck, Bill Hayes
- Alfred Drake (Fred Grahm / Petruchio)
- Patricia Morison (Lili Vanessi / Kate)
- Julie Wilson (Lois Lane / Bianca)
- Bill Hayes (Bill Calhoun / Lucentio)
- Harvey Lembeck (First Gunman)
- Jack Klugman (Second Gunman)
- Paul McGrath (Harrison Howell)
- Robinson Stone (Harry Trevor / Baptista)
- Lee Cass (Gremio)
- Jerry Duane (Hortensio)
- Eva Jessye (Hattie)
- Lee Richardson (Ralph)
- Lorenzo Fuller (Lorenzo Fuller)
ABOUT THE SHOW
Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter .
The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.
A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters.
The original stage production starred Alfred Drake , Patricia Morison , Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang and it won the Tony Award.
Kiss Me, Kate was Porter's response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals; it was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics were firmly connected to the script, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. In 1949, it won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.
On March 25, 2015, it was announced that the 1949 original cast recording would be inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry for the album's "cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy"
ABOUT THE CAPTURE
Pro-shot, multiple cameras and very good sound throughout. A much better print than the previous versions in circulation. (A)
Run time: 78m
B&W / Color: B&W