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Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Now showing, Closes 5 Jul 2015
"Resplendent... scrupulously detailed!"
Ben Brantley, The New York TimesBuy Tickets
The Rodgers and Hammerstein epic returns to Broadway in a new production that promises to capture the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. Set in 19th Century Thailand, it's the story of the unlikely romance which blossoms between Siam's King and an English widowed governess, Anna Leonownes.
Starring five-time Tony Nominee Kelli O'Hara, and Academy Award Nominee Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut, the revival is directed by Bartlett Sher, with the original Jerome Robbins choreography and Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations to be executed by his award winning team.
When The King and I opened, the famous creators had their doubts. Rodgers and Hammerstein joked that audiences were only coming to see if it was better than their previous hit South Pacific, but they needn't have worried. The King and I went on to become an overnight hit, and has played to audiences from Broadway to Bangkok, while its film adaptation, famous for Yul Brenner's commanding performance opposite Deborah Kerr in her voluminous ball-gowns, won five Academy Awards.
Combining their musical elegance and brilliance, dramatics and dancing, The King and I has become synonymous with the great Broadway classics that sweep you away, time and time again.
Anna Leonowens is a widowed English teacher, who is charged with teaching the King of Siam's (now Thailand) myriad royal offspring. Upon arrival in the country, Anna and her son Louis find the country's culture overwhelmingly alien and the King himself to be a severe and cold employer. Though their relationship is marked by conflict and tension, eventually a bond begins to grow between the King and governess that blossoms into a mutual attraction which neither of them is brave enough to admit to.
Previews from: 12 March 2015
Opening night: 16 April 2015
Booking through until: 5 July 2015
Recommended for ages 8+. Children under 5 are not permitted in the theater.
Two hours and 50 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
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