|Taming of the Shrew, American Conservatory Theatre.|
Taming of the Shrew does not, as far as I know, have a musical version, though civilians sometimes think Kiss Me, Kate is one.
|The original Broadway production won the first Tony|
Award for Best Musical, in 1949.
The Cole Porter classic is an original piece which contains a few snippets of Shakespeare's text. It is the story of an acting troop putting on a musical version of Taming of the Shrew, conveniently called Kiss Me, Kate. So, there are backstage shenanigans as well as onstage numbers which comprise the entirely fictional musical in question. Still not clear? Who cares?
|Ann Miller's rendition of "Too Darn Hot" was one of the few major revisions made from stage to screen. On stage, it's sung by chorus members. On film, Miller's Lois Lane tap dances on the furniture during a cocktail party.|
|This London revival was filmed |
live for PBS.
by a couple of gangsters who find themselves unexpectedly onstage. Here, the same two gangsters try to cheer up the leading man after he's been dumped. Wherever it's placed, the number is still one of the memorable tunes from the score.
|Teen Idol Rex Smith toured in a|
revival in the 90s. He did not look
like this at the time.
Our stars here are Keenan Wynn, who knew his way around a musical, and James Whitmore, who did not. But they make a bit of fun of Whitmore's lack of coordination in the dance, so all's well that ends well (sorry).
|That's Bob Fosse, with Carol Haney, during a specialty pas de deux constructed for the film version.|