The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013

8. Kiss Me, Kate

I enjoyed Michael Blakemore's Tony-winning 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate when it opened starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Amy Spanger and Michael Berresse. I found three of their replacements (Burke Moses, Carolee Carmello and Janine LaManna) even more satisfying. The best group of leads in this production was ultimately assembled in its London incarnation, headed by Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson and (once again) Michael Berresse. Luckily, it was this funniest and vocally strongest cast (also the most attractive, to boot) that was filmed for posterity.