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02/11/01
New Musical Gives Kiss Of Life to Theatreland
- Kiss Me, Kate receives standing ovation

KISS ME, KATE received a standing ovation at the Victoria Palace preview last night. Cole Porter's reworking of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew looks set to launch the careers of rising stars Marin Mazzie and Brent Barrett.

But whether the feelgood musical can survive the threat posed by foot and mouth, September 11 and a dwindling economy remains to be seen. Following premature closures from The Witches of Eastwick, Notre Dame de Paris and Peggy Sue Got Married, the future of Theatreland depends on the fate of this UKP3.3 million show.

For producers of forthcoming musicals My One and Only, The Full Monty, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and South Pacific, Kiss Me, Kate offers cause for hope. "I think, in view of the circumstances, for the show to be very successful would be a dramatic achievement," said co-producer Roger Berlind.




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