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Written by Cole Porter
Date 1948
Source Kiss Me Kate (musical)
Publisher Chappell & Co. Inc.
TMS418-09

"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" is a pun-filled song that suggests quoting William Shakespeare as a means of wooing and wowing women. The song references the titles of fourteen of Shakespeare's plays. and was originally written for Kiss Me Kate, a backstage musical variation of Taming of the Shrew, which focused on putting together a production of the play.

Christopher Reeve, Fozzie Bear, Link Hogthrob, and a skull named Yorick sing "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" as part of a Hamlet sketch on episode 418 of The Muppet Show.

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