Here’s a relic that’s a remembrance:
Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield MA is putting on a spectacular revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, which the Hub wouldn’t have missed for the world.
The original show opened on Broadway in 1948, 66 years ago. (Unbelievable, says the Hub, who saw it.) Back in the prim and proper 40’s, the urbane Mr. Porter nonetheless managed to get away with murder with his sexual innuendos. It took place so long ago there’s no Youtube clip to entertain you with. But here’s one of the numbers from the 1953 Hollywood film, with dancer Ann Miller as Bianca. It’s the “Tom, Dick, and Harry” number, and there’s a couple of things I should let you know. First, “dick” had exactly the same meaning then as it does now. And second, keep your eye on the small guy in the orange and white. He’s got moves amazingly like Bob Fosse, doesn’t he? Good reason for that. He IS Bob Fosse, first time out on film!