West Side Story 50th Anniversary Recording
Hayley Westenra & Vittorio Grigolo
I knew and loved the incredible voices of Hayley and Vittorio and I was excited to hear them sing together. After listening to clips of the CD I bought my own copy and I really enjoy listening to the interesting numbers.
It surprised mr how many of these songs I was familiar with, songs like: Maria, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere. I just adore Hayley Westenra's version of I Feel Pretty! I wish I had some way to share that with you.
Here's a clip from Hayley & Vittorio singing Tonight. It's not the whole song and the picture quality isn't very clear but it's a lovely song!
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
I'm not a huge fan of The Taming of The Shrew but I was interested in this musical based loosely on that story mainly because of actor Howard Keel who I enjoy so much in Seven Wives For Seven Brothers. I hadn't seen Kiss Me Kate in a while so I re-watched it yesterday and quite enjoyed myself.
Kiss Me Kate tells the story of actors Fred and Lili, a divorced couple who come back together to perform the lead roles in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Their real life personalities mirror those of Petruchio and Katherine. Can they keep the show together and realize they still love each other amidst fiances, flirts, flaming tempers and two fellows trying to collect on a gambling debt?
This isn't one of my favorite musicals but there were some fun moments. There are a few dances and costumes that I thought were a little immodest but overall it was fine. Music is by the famous Cole Porter and there are some great songs. I enjoyed all of Howard Keel's songs especially the song "I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua" which is a fun phrase to say anyway!
My favorite songs in Kiss Me Kate is definitely "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" sung by Slug and Lippy the two guys who come to collect on the gambling debt. They are so funny as they get swept up in the story. Here's a video of the two of them singing advice from Shakespeare to Fred.
So that's my bit of Shakespeare for today. Have you seen or heard any of these? Do you have a favorite song from either of these musicals? Any other musicals based on Shakespeare play you know of or recommend?
Very Truly Your's,