PBS' "Great Performances" will broadcast the hit revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate some time in 2003. A spokesman for the acclaimed PBS series confirmed the news, although no air date has been announced. Recorded live during its London engagement at the Victoria Palace, the TV telecast will star Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson and Michael Berresse. Directed by Michael Blakemore, the London production was based on New York's 1999 Tony-winning revival, which cast Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie in the lead roles.
Loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate originally opened at Broadway's New Century Theatre on Dec. 30, 1948. Featuring a score by Porter and a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, Kate ran 1,077 performances. The original cast included Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.
The classic Cole Porter score includes such tunes as "So in Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Why Can't You Behave?," "I Hate Men" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."