Bartlett Sher Revival of THE KING AND I to Head Out on International Tour
According to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I, which recently began an acclaimed West End run featuring original stars Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, will head out on an international tour in 2019.
According to Baz, the award-winning production will head out on a UK tour next year, and is also planning stops in Tokyo, Osaka, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and several other cities in Europe. There is no current launch date.
The multi Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I has transfered from Broadway to London this month following a critically acclaimed 16 month run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater and an unprecedented continuing record-breaking sold out USA tour.
Now playing at the world famous London Palladium, the show stars three of the original Lincoln Center Theater lead actors: led by Tony Award winner and Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens, film star, Oscar and Tony nominee (for his role on The King and I) Ken Watanabe in the title role of The King of Siam and Ruthie Ann Miles reprising her Tony Award winning role of Lady Thiang. Japanese actress Naoko Mori shares the role of Lady Thiang. Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan's most popular television series JIN, plays the Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam. Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney's original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon play the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, this masterpiece boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Whistle A Happy Tune, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.
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