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Kelli O'Hara to Take THE KING AND I from Broadway to Britain?Kelli O'Hara to Take THE KING AND I from Broadway to Britain?
by Jessica Khan - Dec 10, 2015

The King could soon be traveling from Siam to Anna's world in Britain! The Daily Mail writes that Tony winner Kelli O'Hara might be leading Broadway's THE KING AND I across the pond late next year or in early 2017, with the Drury Lane Theatre rumored as the musical's new home. (more...)

VIDEO: Behind The Scenes At THE KING AND I's New CommercialVIDEO: Behind The Scenes At THE KING AND I's New Commercial
by Michael Dale - Nov 17, 2015

How do you show viewers that a classic old musical can be new and exciting? (more...)

THE KING AND I's Hoon Lee Came Late To Acting But Is Catching Up FastTHE KING AND I's Hoon Lee Came Late To Acting But Is Catching Up Fast
by Michael Dale - Nov 6, 2015

Broadway's current King was a graphic designer before a friend asked him to help record a demo for a musical. (more...)

Creatives Behind Off-Broadway's 'GEORGIA MCBRIDE' and RED EYE OF LOVE Top SDCF's 2015 Callaway AwardsCreatives Behind Off-Broadway's 'GEORGIA MCBRIDE' and RED EYE OF LOVE Top SDCF's 2015 Callaway Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

On November 2, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) celebrated the 2014-2015 season's Joe A. Callaway Award winners for Direction and Choreography. (more...)

BWW TV: Hoon Lee Takes the Throne in Broadway's THE KING AND I; Watch Highlights!BWW TV: Hoon Lee Takes the Throne in Broadway's THE KING AND I; Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 27, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29, immediately upon completion of filming his starring role on the fourth season of the Cinemax series 'Banshee,' Hoon Lee joined Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and the company, assuming the role of The King, which was originated for this production by Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe. Lee replaced Jose Llana. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of Lee in the role below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Hoon Lee Joins Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I on Broadway!Photo Flash: Hoon Lee Joins Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29, immediately upon completion of filming his starring role on the fourth season of the Cinemax series 'Banshee,' Hoon Lee joined Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and the company, assuming the role of The King, which was originated for this production by Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe. Lee replaced Jose Llana. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a new look at Lee in the role below! (more...)

Alvin Ing Brings THE ING AND OUT OF ALVIN - THE JOURNEY OF A COCKEYED OPTIMIST to Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2015

Open Doors Productions & Theatricals will present Alvin Ing (original Broadway 1976 & 2004 Pacific Overtures, 2002 Flower Drum Song. 2014 The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg) in his new cabaret for one night only, THE ING AND OUT OF ALVIN - THE JOURNEY OF A COCKEYED OPTIMIST, written and directed by Lainie Sakakura. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New King Hoon Lee's Getting To Know THE KING AND I CompanySTAGE TUBE: New King Hoon Lee's Getting To Know THE KING AND I Company
by Michael Dale - Sep 30, 2015

There's a new king in town and it's Hoon Lee, known for royal performances in plays like YELLOWFACE and THE SCHOOL FOR LIES. (more...)

Hoon Lee Takes the Throne Tonight in Broadway's THE KING AND IHoon Lee Takes the Throne Tonight in Broadway's THE KING AND I
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

The Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street), welcomes a new leader tonight, September 29. (more...)

Photo Flash: Getting to Know You! First Look at Hoon Lee in THE KING AND I on BroadwayPhoto Flash: Getting to Know You! First Look at Hoon Lee in THE KING AND I on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29, immediately upon completion of filming his starring role on the fourth season of the Cinemax series 'Banshee,' Hoon Lee will join Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and the company to assume the role of The King, which was originated for this production by Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe. Lee replaces Jose Llana. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a very first look at the television star in the role! (more...)

BWW Interview: Getting to Know Him- Meet Broadway's New Royalty, THE KING AND I's Jose Llana!BWW Interview: Getting to Know Him- Meet Broadway's New Royalty, THE KING AND I's Jose Llana!
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 28, 2015

Earlier this month, Jose Llana stepped into the role of the King of Siam in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). This marks Llana's second experience in the iconic show, as he made is Broadway debut almost 20 years ago as Lun Tha in the 1996 revival. Llana joins Tony winner Kelli O'Hara for a strictly limited 11-week engagement through Sunday, September 27. Just after he took his first bow on the Vivian Beaumont stage, he checked in with BroadwayWorld to update us on taking on his new role, reuniting with some of his Here Lies Love friends, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/11-7/12/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/11-7/12/2015
by - Jul 12, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: The Tradition Continues- Checking In with the Recipients of Last Season's Gypsy Robes!BWW Exclusive: The Tradition Continues- Checking In with the Recipients of Last Season's Gypsy Robes!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

Today, we celebrate all the performers that earned the right to wear the robe this past season, including Tracee Beazer, Jess LeProtto, Jeremy Davis, Barrett Martin, Katie Webber, Cameron Adams, Jennie Ford, Ron Todorowski, Lainie Sakakura, Joseph Medeiros, and Matt Wall. Read below, as they reflect on what the honor meant to them! (more...)

Jose Llana & Hoon Lee Will Inherit Ken Watanabe's Throne in THE KING AND I on BroadwayJose Llana & Hoon Lee Will Inherit Ken Watanabe's Throne in THE KING AND I on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced the casting of Jose Llana and Hoon Lee in the role of the King of Siam in its Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe CeremonyPhoto Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
by Walter McBride - Apr 25, 2015

The company of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ceremonyl, at which Lainie Sakakura from THE KING AND I passed off the robe to Joseph Medeiros. BroadwayWorld was on the scene for the sacred ritual, so check out photos below! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside THE KING AND I's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside THE KING AND I's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 20, 2015

The company of The King and I just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ritual, at which the recipient from Finding Neverland bestowed the honor on Lainie Sakakura. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you full photo coverage below! (more...)

Getting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on BroadwayGetting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 16, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), directed by Bartlett Sher. The production opens tonight, April 16, 2015 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Shall We Dance? THE KING AND I Opens on Broadway TonightShall We Dance? THE KING AND I Opens on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), directed by Bartlett Sher, and opening tonight, April 16, 2015 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

THE KING AND I to Receive Cast Recording This Summer, Led by Kelli O'Hara and Ken WatanabeTHE KING AND I to Receive Cast Recording This Summer, Led by Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Good News Musical Theatre Fans! BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I, which features a cast led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam) will receive a cast recording this summer on the the Decca Broadway / Universal Music Classics label, produced by David Lai David Caddick and Bruce Pomahac. Of note, the the production features the musical's original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann. Music director Ted Sperling conducts a 29-piece orchestra which will be heard on the album as well. (more...)

THE KING AND I Revival, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, Begins Tonight on BroadwayTHE KING AND I Revival, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, Begins Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I, which features a cast led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), is directed by Bartlett Sher, begins previews tonight, March 12, and opens on Thursday, April 16 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

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