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Ken Watanabe

 

Bio:
The King and I (LCT) (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
West End Revival Prodution, 2018
The King of Siam
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theatre Broadway Revival, 2015
The King of Siam

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
West End Revival Prodution, 2018
The King of Siam

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theatre Broadway Revival, 2015
The King of Siam

Ken Watanabe Biography

The King and I (LCT)

Ken Watanabe Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ken Watanabe, The King and I

Ken Watanabe News

BWW Interview: Bartlett Sher Talks MY FAIR LADY at the London Coliseum Photo BWW Interview: Bartlett Sher Talks MY FAIR LADY at the London Coliseum
by Fiona Scott - Nov 19, 2021

Bartlett Sher is a multi-award-winning director of productions including The Light in the Piazza and the recent revival of The King & I. Sher’s Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady will transfer to the London Coliseum for a limited summer engagement in May 2022. We spoke with Sher about bringing the show to the West End.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 16- THE KING & I Returns to Broadway Starring Kelli O'Hara Photo VIDEO: On This Day, April 16- THE KING & I Returns to Broadway Starring Kelli O'Hara
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 16, 2021

On this day in 2015, Lincoln Center's lush revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King & I opened starring Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara. 

BWW Flashback: Getting to Know the Many Versions of THE KING AND I Photo BWW Flashback: Getting to Know the Many Versions of THE KING AND I
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 16, 2021

Paramount Pictures will remake Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical, The King and I. Paramount reportedly intends to 'reimagine this classic story with a contemporary perspective that explores diversity and the contrasting worldviews of the characters by drawing from real history and the musical.' Before that happens, we're recapping the earlier versions!

Reimagined THE KING AND I Film Is in the Works Photo Reimagined THE KING AND I Film Is in the Works
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 12, 2021

This news is something wonderful! Paramount Pictures will remake Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, The King and I. Paramount reportedly intends to 'reimagine this classic story with a contemporary perspective that explores diversity and the contrasting worldviews of the characters by drawing from real history and the musical.'

VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'Shall We Dance?' From THE KING AND I Photo VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'Shall We Dance?' From THE KING AND I
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2020

In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history!

R&H Movie Night Returns With Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I Starring Kelli O Photo R&H Movie Night Returns With Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 1, 2020

R&H Movie Night returns on Friday, May 8th at 8PM ET with a live viewing party of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, starring Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara (Anna Leonowens), Ken Watanabe (The King),Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Dean John-Wilson (Lun Tha) and Na-Young Jeon (Tuptim).

BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest Musical Theatre Characters (1940-2020) Photo BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest Musical Theatre Characters (1940-2020)
by Peter Nason - Apr 30, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best musical theatre characters from 1940-2020; see if your favorites made the cut!

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by Contests - Broadway - Dec 13, 2019

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Olney Theatre Center is Toe Tapping Terrific! Photo SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Olney Theatre Center is Toe Tapping Terrific!
by Charles Shubow - Nov 25, 2019

It's great there is a family-friendly musical ready for the holidays.

A CHORUS LINE at the Signature Theatre - Dance: 10, Looks, 10, Show: 10 !!!!!!! Photo A CHORUS LINE at the Signature Theatre - Dance: 10, Looks, 10, Show: 10 !!!!!!!
by Charles Shubow - Nov 8, 2019

Do not miss this superb rendition of a classic musical.

Ken Watanabe Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Final Trailer for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS VideoVIDEO: Watch the Final Trailer for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2019

Following the global success of ‚ÄúGodzilla‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúKong: Skull Island‚ÄĚ comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic Monsterverse: ‚ÄúGodzilla: King of the Monsters,‚ÄĚ an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 16- Kelli O'Hara Stars In in THE KING AND I VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 16- Kelli O'Hara Stars In in THE KING AND I
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 16, 2019

On this day in 2015, Bartlett Sher's Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I opened on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater!

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2018

The first-ever live-action Pok√©mon movie, ‚ÄúPOKEMON Detective Pikachu‚ÄĚ stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pok√©mon brand‚ÄĒone of the world's most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.

BWW TV: Clips of Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, and the Cast of THE KI VideoBWW TV: Clips of Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, and the Cast of THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM
by TV - On the Road - Oct 12, 2018

Watch clips of Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, and the rest of the cast in the clips below, including classic songs Whistle A Happy Tune, Getting To Know You, Something Wonderful and Shall We Dance. 

VIDEO: Watch Kelli O'Hara & Ken Watanabe in the New Trailer for THE KING AND I: FROM  VideoVIDEO: Watch Kelli O'Hara & Ken Watanabe in the New Trailer for THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM; In Cinemas This November!
by Stage Tube - Sep 28, 2018

The multiple Tony award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I is coming to cinemas around the world this autumn. THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM, filmed on stage at the iconic London Palladium, will open in cinemas for one night only on 29 November. Tickets are now on sale.

VIDEO: First Look at Kelli O'Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles, and More in THE KING AND I Befor VideoVIDEO: First Look at Kelli O'Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles, and More in THE KING AND I Before It Hits Cinemas
by Stage Tube - Sep 28, 2018

The multiple Tony award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I - currently enjoying huge West End success - is to be released in cinemas around the world this autumn by Trafalgar Releasing. Check out the first trailer below!

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for BEL CANTO Starring Julianne Moore VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for BEL CANTO Starring Julianne Moore
by Stage Tube - Aug 8, 2018

The first trailer for Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore has been released. The film follows the story of an opera singer caught in a hostage situation during a performance in South America.

BWW TV: Rehearsal and Interview With THE KING AND I West End Cast VideoBWW TV: Rehearsal and Interview With THE KING AND I West End Cast
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2018

On 5 June, BroadwayWorld UK attended a special press rehearsal performance of the West End transfer of the multi-Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 16- Broadway Gets to Know Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 16- Broadway Gets to Know Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2018

On this day in 2015, Bartlett Sher's Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I opened on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater!

STAGE TUBE: Back in Siam! Ken Watanabe Returns to THE KING AND I
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2016

The King is back! Tony nominee Ken Watanabe just returned to The King and I, where he will play the King of Siam through April 17. Below, check out a video of his first curtain call back in action!


Ken Watanabe Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ken Watanabe been in?
Ken Watanabe has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Ken Watanabe been in?
Ken Watanabe has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Ken Watanabe's first West End show?
Ken Watanabe's first West End show was The King and I which opened in 2018

What awards has Ken Watanabe been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The King and I .