VIDEO: Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim Celebrate Their First Bows as Stars Of THE KING AND I
There's a new King in town and a new visitor from Wales who's ready to school him.
The Vivian Beaumont Theatre's audience was thrilled to cheer on 3-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie as she made her return to the stage last night, replacing Tony winner Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens in the hit Lincoln Center revival of THE KING AND I.
Mazzie is in remission after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May of 2015.
Standby Analisa Leaming had been playing the role in the interim since O'Hara's April 17th departure.
Also joining the company last night was Daniel Dae Kim, making his Broadway debut as the King. Kim is best known for his television work in "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O."
Their first curtain call together last night was indeed a celebration.
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 featuringRuthie 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.