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 I caught “Kiss Me Kate,” a smash hit and deservedly, on all counts. I visited with costar Brian Stokes Mitchell in his dressing room after the extremely strenuous performance and he was fresh as a daisy.

He noted everyone in the company has such a great time with this show, there is never a strained moment—despite its physicality as well as musicality.

I had last talked with Stokes, as he is called, after the curtain of “Ragtime” at the Shubert in L.A. He is even better in this classic revival.

He credits everyone from producers Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow, director Michael Blakemore, his gloriously beautiful (and whatta voice!) costar Marin Mazzie.

And of course the music of the one and only Cole Porter, and the gently modernized (by John Guare) book of Sam and Bella Spewack.

Stokes said he will be one of four B’way stars to perform in the CBS millennium show from the D.C. mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial …

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