“KISS ME, KATE”

May 09, 2019 at 4:45 am

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.

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>>> 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE
VISIT US AT "METROFOCUS."

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