March 2012 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 song was intended to be 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 and an imaginative staging, “Bianca” can still be great fun.
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