LCT's THE KING AND I Will Celebrate First Anniversary on Broadway This Weekend
This Sunday, April 17 marks the first anniversary for 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). The first anniversary performance will also mark a farewell to the production by its two original stars - Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara and Tony nominee Ken Watanabe, who will play their final performances as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam.
On Tuesday, May 3, Daniel Dae Kim, star of the long-running television series "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0," will make his Broadway debut as the King of Siam starring alongside 3-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie as Anna.
Winner of four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I boasts a cast of 51 featuring Ruthie Ann Miles (Tony Award winner - Best Featured Actress in a Musical; as Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (as Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (as Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (as Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (as Prince Chulalongkorn), Paul Nakauchi (as Kralahome), Marc Oka (as Phra Alack), Rocco Sisto (as Captain Orton), and Nicky Torchia (as Louis).
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You; Hello, Young Lovers; Shall We Dance?; I Have Dreamed; and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860's 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.
The production features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (2015 Tony Award), lights by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, and musical direction by Ted Sperling. Andrew Resnick conducts The King and I's 29-piece orchestra performing the musical's original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and its dance and incidental music by Trude Rittman.
THE KING AND I is performed Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting KingandIBroadway.com. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.
Lincoln Center Theater is grateful to the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater at LCT for their leading support of this production. American Express and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation are the major sponsors of The King and I. Generous support is also provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Florence and Robert Kaufman, The New York Community Trust-Mary P. Oenslager Foundation Fund, and Stephanie and Fred Shuman, with additional support from the Henry Nias Foundation courtesy of Dr. Stanley Edelman, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts.