Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir, Ambassador Theatre Group
ABOUT THE SHOW
Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a new staging of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein tale of a British schoolteacher's unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam. The musical features a score of treasured songs including "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance?" in their original orchestrations, with choreography based on the original by Jerome Robbins.
- The King and I is the fifth musical created by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, following Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, and South Pacific.
- The title characters are based on the real-life King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand), who ruled from 1851 to 1868 and is still revered in Thailand as the country’s “Father of Science and Technology"; and Indian-born British author Anna Leonowens, who was employed by the King as a teacher and secretary.
This is the fourth Broadway revival of The King and I, which was first produced in 1951 and won five Tony Awards the following year including Best Musical. The show is based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which was in turn inspired by the memoirs of Anna Leonowens. The 1956 film adaptation won five Academy Awards. There was also an animated film adaptation released in 1999.