The dashing Alfred Drake created the male lead in three landmark Broadway shows: Kismet; Kiss Me, Kate; and Oklahoma! Along with patriotic songs and selections from Kate (with the Metropolitan Opera's Patrice Munsel), the programs also showcase songs from another Shakespearean adaptation, Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse.
"Most fans of musical theater would agree that the two biggest leading men of Broadway's golden age of musicals (1940s–'60s) were Alfred Drake and John Raitt. This was a time when vocal training for opera and the theater was not really all that different, and early in their careers, both men sang for the Metropolitan Opera's 'Auditions of the Air'…. [Drake's tone] is still robust, impressive and highly individual."—Opera News