March 2022 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
Kiss Me, Kate features one of Cole Porter’s strongest scores. “Bianca”, sung by Bill Calhoun to woo Lois Lane exclusively into his arms, is often singled out as the weak link. Truth be told, it is something of a throwaway number. Perhaps, since the chorus of the song is intended to have been written for Lois by Bill himself, Porter decided that Bill wasn’t quite the composer-lyricist Porter himself was. Nonetheless, with a good actor in the role – from Harold Lang in the original cast through Michael Berresse and Tony Yazbek to Corbin Bleu – and imaginative staging, “Bianca” can still be great fun.
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