Cinematheque & The Musical Theater Project Screen 1953 “Kiss Me Kate” with Cole Porter Songs

Sun 1/13 @ 3PM

 The 1953 film Kiss Me Kate, based on the 1948 musical of the same name, featured a raft of songs that have become classics, including “Too Darn Hot,” “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” “Were Thine That Special Face,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” the latter performed by a pair of comic gangsters doing an inept soft-shoe routine. That’s hardly surprising, considering that the music and lyrics were written by Cole Porter.

The plot, of course, takes off on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, filtered through the lens of a contemporary company performing the play, with an estranged couple cast in the leads. No mystery what happens in the final scene!

The film will have a one-time special event screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, co-presented by The Musical Theater Project. TMTP founding director Bill Rudman will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

It’s a warm-up for TMTP’s next stage presentation, Cole Porter on Broadway, 1/19 at the Hanna Theatre and 1/20 t The Temple-Tifereth Israel. Tickets are $15; $10 for Cinemathque and TMTP members and those 25 and under.



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