I had a chance to see Tony winner Kelli O'Hara perform in the Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic The King and I. With an extremely talented, nearly 50 person cast along with gorgeous scenery and set design, I highly recommend seeing this show if you get the chance.
The King and I tells the story of English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens (Kelli O'Hara), a widower who in 1862 takes a job as the private tutor to the King of Siam's (played brilliantly by Hoon Lee) many wives and children. There are several challenges along the way in this high spirited musical as we clearly get to witness the clash of "East meets West". This leads to Anna and the King to becoming at odds often, yet slowly but surely the two manage to develop a deep friendship respectful of their differences. Ana falls in love with the royal children of Siam and at times is torn between trying to convince the King to adapt more modern ways. Could we be witnessing an unfulfilled romance between the two? Will Anna have no choice but to leave Siam and return home? The King and I is a great example of people from two completely different backgrounds that manage to get along with one another mostly just accepting these differences although at times growing more understanding of one another's different customs.
The King and I has beautiful music containing some of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's most memorable tunes like 'I Whistle a Happy Tune,' 'Hello, Young Lovers' and 'Shall We Dance. They are really quite wonderful indeed.
The King and I is the winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical in 2015.
Some Acknowledgement from two respected newspapers from April 2015 are
"Something wonderful indeed. Breathtaking. Exquisite. Remarkable". The New York Times
"I doubt I'll ever see a better production in my lifetime". The Wall Street Journal
The King and I plays at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center and is directed by Bartlett Sher. The show runs about 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission. The King and I will begin a National Tour sometime in November 2016.
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