Directed by Michael Blakemore, the London production was based on New York's 1999 Tony-winning revival, which cast Brian Stokes Mitchell, who won a Tony for his work, and Marin Mazzie in the lead roles.
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, the comedy follows the backstage and onstage mishaps by a feuding acting company during an out-of-town tryout for a musical adaptation of Bard classic. The musical features Cole Porter's "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Wunderbar," "Too Darn Hot," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
Other titles being released on the same day by Image Entertainment include Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama Copenhagen — adapted for the small screen by the playwright — and Matthew Bourne's auto-erotic thriller take on Bizet's opera The Car Man.
Daniel Craig ("Road to Perdition"), Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game") and Francesca Annis ("Reckless") star in the 117-minute screen version of Copenhagen directed by Howard Davies. The work takes chronological and historical liberties, replaying a 1941 meeting between physicists and friends Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, who are on opposite sides of World War II.
Resetting Bizet's love triangle against the background of a small 1960's Midwestern town called Harmony, Bourne's Car Man clocks in at 88 minutes, features a special interview with the director-choreographer. Bourne, who garnered a Tony Award for his Swan Lake and also recreated Cinderella, directs the cast of Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin and Will Kemp.
For more information on these DVD titles, visit Image Entertainment's website at www.image-entertainment.com.