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Winner of 4 Tony Awards

Closed June 26, 2016

"Resplendent... scrupulously detailed!"

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See The King and I?

The Four-Time Tony winning epic Closes June 26!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic returns to Broadway in a new production that captures 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 Leonowens.

Starring Daniel Dae Kim and Marin Mazzie, the revival is directed by Bartlett Sher, with the original Jerome Robbins choreography and Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations executed by his award winning team. The production received nine 2015 Tony Award nominations, and took home four of them, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in A Musical for original star Kelli O'Hara, which marked her first Tony win after being nominated six times.

Getting to know you: A Background

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.

what is the king and I about?

Anna Leonowens is a widowed English teacher, who is charged with teaching the King of Siam's (now Thailand) myriad royal offspring. Upon their arrival, 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.

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Dates

Previews from: 12 March 2015

Opening night: 16 April 2015

Audience

Recommended for ages 8+. Children under 5 are not permitted in the theater.

Run time

Two hours and 50 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Daniel Dae Kim as The King
Marin Mazzie as Anna Leonowens
Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang
Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha
Ashley Park as Tuptim
Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey
Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkorn
Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton
Jakes Lucas as Louis
Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome
Marc Oka as Phra Alack

Creative

Book & Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Based upon the novel by Margaret Landon
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Musical Staging by Christopher Gattelli
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design by Michael Yeargan
Costume Design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Sound Design by Scott Lehrer
Musical Direction by Ted Sperling

Awards

2015 TONY AWARD Wins

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ruthie Ann Miles)
Best Costume Design of a Musical


2015 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ken Watanabe)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ruthie Ann Miles)
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical


2015 DRAMA DESK AWARDS

Outstanding Revival of a Musical


2015 Drama Desk Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

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Pattykats: “Can it be true? 99% as good as the original?”

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