“KISS ME, KATE”

Gender roles take center stage along with 4 tony nominations in this classic Broadway revival. Actors Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase are here.

Aired on May 8, 2019.

TRANSCRIPT

> COLE PORTER'S ICONIC BROADWAY SHOW IS PACK.

REVIVING WHAT IS THE FIRST EVER TONY WINNING MUSICAL, KISS ME KATE.

KELLY O'HARA, AND CO-STARS AS TOURING ACTORS WHO BICKER ALL THE WAY THROUGH A MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE'S TAMING OF THE SHREW.

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WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE JOINING US, BOTH KELLY O'HARA AND WILL.

I'M GOING TO START OFF BY SAYING, MY WIFE AND I SAW THE STWHOE WEEKS AGO AND IT WAS FABULOUS.

WE'D SEEN ANOTHER PRODUCTION OF IT.

YOU HAVE A COMPARISON POINT.

WE WALKED OUT FEELING, FIRST, THIS IS DIFFERENT.

A DIFFERENT ENERGY.

BUT IT WAS JUST MAGNIFICENT.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A COUPLE LAYERS OF HISTORY TO THINK ABOUT.

YOU HAVE THE KISS ME KATE LAYER AND THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

SO YOU HAVE HISTORY WITHIN THE HISTORY.

IT BRINGS US TO A NOTION OF RESONATING TODAY AND THERE ARE SOME CHANGES.

THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED.

WE WANTED THE SCORE TO BE HIGHLIGHT.

WE HAVE THAT COLE PORTER, THAT FANTASTIC, WITTY AND BEAUTIFUL, MELODIC.

WE CAN TALK ABOUT MYSOGYNY AND SOME OF THEM WE LEFT IN.

WE HIGHLIGHT THEM.

WE USE THEM AS EXAMPLES.

WE DON'T PRAISE THEM.

IT BECOMES A FARCE.

AND THEN WE TOOK A LOT OUT.

WE WENT BACK TO THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

WE PUT THAT LANGUAGE BACK IN WHERE SHAKESPEARE HAD GIVEN KATE MORE VOICE THAT THEY HAD TAKEN OUT FOR KISS ME KATE THE MUSICAL.

THEY HAD MADE HER MORE SHREWISH.

AND THIS PRODUCTION IS MORE THOUGHTFUL.

AND ALSO, WE'RE WILLING TO LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY STAND UP FOR HER.

WHICH I THINK KISS ME KATE IS.

WHEN PEOPLE DO THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, I REMEMBER WHEN I TOLD A FRIEND A YEAR AGO, I WAS WALKING IN BROOKLYN.

WE'RE DOING KISS ME KATE.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE DOT DOT DOT?

WELL, ACTUALLY, EVERYBODY ELSE, THE MEN ARE IDIOTS.

THEY THROW TANTRUMS AND SHAKESPEARE HIGHLIGHTS THAT AND GIVES KATE ALL THE, WAIT A MINUTE.

AM I THE ONLY SANE ONE HERE?

I GOT A SENSE THAT YOU RESURRECT IT.

WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS TRUE AT THE TIME, HE WAS WRITING WITH THE QUEEN IN POWER.

A LOT OF LANGUAGE IN THERE THAT SUGGESTS THAT KATE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT.

THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF PROOF THAT AS A LOT OF WOMEN IN TODAY'S CLIMATE ARE TRYING TO SAY, WE'RE NOT JUST ANGRY.

WE HAVE REASON TO BE CONCERNED AND TO VOICE OUR OPINIONS.

IT IS NOT JUST SHREWISHNESS OR CRAZY.

SHREWISHNESS SUGGESTS MINDLESS.

THAT'S WHAT I MEAN.

SOMETHING THAT CAN SAY, OH, WELL, LET'S NOT WORRY ABOUT THAT.

WHEN YOU TAKE SOME OF THIS MATERIAL AND JUST SAY IT, IT CHANGES IT.

WE'RE NOT REALLY CHANGING ANYTHING THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR KISS ME KATE OR TAMING OF THE SHREW.

THE LAST MONOLOGUE OF KATE, I UNDERSTAND THAT WOMEN SHOULD JUST SHUT UP AND PUT OUR HANDS UNDER THE SOLE OF OUR LOVER'S FOOT.

BUT WE CHANGED IT TO SAY, WE TRIED TO BRING IT BACK TO THE CENTER.

I'M ASHAMED THAT PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING AND TRYING TO, ARE SEEKING FOR RULE AND SUPREMACY WHEN ON THIS EARTH, NOTHING BUT LOVE.

EVERYTHING BUT LOVE WILL DIE AWAY.

SO MUCH MORE IMPACTFUL.

YOU READ ABOUT IT.

THEY WERE LIKE FRED AND LILY.

THEY WERE OFFSTAGE.

THE LOVE STORY IS THE MAIN THING.

THAT'S WHAT THAT LAST SONG IS ABOUT.

IT IS ABOUT, YOU KNOW WHAT?

WE HAVE TO, IT'S NOT LET'S ALL GET ALONG IN THE WORLD.

BUT IT IS THIS, WE HAVE TO LOVE EACH OTHER.

AND IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EXISTS.

THE HIGH HEIGHTING OF THE LOVE STORY FOR ME, IF I EVER DO TAMING OF THE SHREW.

OF ALL THE THINGS, IT WOULD BE VERY WEIRD.

THE LOVE STORY IS STILL CENTER TO THAT PIECE, TOO.

THIS IS A MOMENT WHERE HE ASKED HER TO KISS HIM IN THE STREET.

EVEN THOUGH HE'S TAMING HER.

THERE IS A MOMENT THAT I FEEL LIKE THE PRODUCTIONS MISS.

LET'S FIND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM.

THESE TWO ULTIMATELY DO LOVE EACH OTHER.

IF YOU DON'T TELL THAT STORY.

YEAH.

WE TALK ABOUT THE SCORE.

AND PERHAPS, I THINK, ONE OF THE GREATEST SCORERS EVER.

I AGREE.

I WAS ALSO STRUCK BY TWO OTHER THINGS.

FIRST OF ALL, THE DANCING IS MAGNIFICENT.

SOME OF THE BEST.

AND I WALKED AWAY SAYING, AS AN AGEING ATHLETE, I'M WATCHING THEM ON STAGE SAYING HOW DID THEY DO IT?

WE SAY THE SAME THING.

YOU'VE GOT ICE PACKS AND PT.

WE HAD ONE GIRL WHO WILL BE BACK.

AND THAT WASN'T EVEN DANCING.

SHE STEPPED ON SOMEONE'S FOOT.

STEP ON SOMEBODY ELSE'S FOOT.

WARREN CARLISLE, OUR CHOREOGRAPHER, HE'S BRILLIANT.

I'VE DONE A COUPLE THINGS WITH HIM.

IT IS ALWAYS THE STORY.

ANOTHER THING IS THE HUMOR.

YOU TWO ARE CRAZY.

AND YOU INTRODUCE AN ELEMENT OF DISCIPLINE.

IT IS ALMOST SLAP STICKISH.

AND I'M WONDERING, IS THAT A FUNCTION OF THE FACT THAT YOU WORKED TOGETHER?

I WATCHED IT SAYING, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A TICKLE FIGHT.

A TICKLE FIGHT.

YEAH.

AS WE GO ON, I THINK IT'S A COMBINATION OF THINGS.

FOR SAFETY.

IN A PRODUCTION.

YOU GET LIKE A CHOREOGRAPHICAL LANGUAGE.

WE GOT THIS LANGUAGE AND THEN WE KIND OF THAT, OKAY.

CUT THAT.

THAT'S TOO BARBERIC.

IT'S GOING TO BE MORE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I GET SO ANGRY.

I'M GOING TO POP YOU UP SIDE THE HEAD.

LOVE THAT PART.

AND THEN, KELLY AND WILL GET COMFORTABLE.

KEEP THAT.

CUT THAT.

AND OUR DIRECTOR IS SAYING, DO MORE OF THAT.

AND YOU FIND MOMENTS WHERE THERE'S A MOMENT WHERE YOU GO TO KICK ME BETWEEN THE LEGS.

DEPENDING ON THE AUDIENCE, SOMETIMES THEY LOVE THAT MOTEL OF BEING FROZEN.

I'VE GOT HER FOOT.

OTHER TIMES --

BACK TO WHAT I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, IT IS JUST FANTASTIC.

SO ENJOYABLE AND ENTERTAINING.

SUCH A DHA TO HAVE YOU BOTH IN HERE.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

AND FOR YOU FOLKS WITH THE COMPANY'S REVIVAL OF KISS ME KATE, NOW PLAYING UNTIL JUNE 30th.

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Funders

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