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VP Mike Pence Attends THE KING AND I at Kennedy CenterVP Mike Pence Attends THE KING AND I at Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2017

According to audience reports on both the BroadwayWorld Message Board and on Twitter, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife attended THE KING AND I at the Kennedy Center last night, August 18. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at the Kennedy Center - It is 'Something Wonderful'BWW Review: THE KING AND I at the Kennedy Center - It is 'Something Wonderful'
by Charles Shubow - Jul 24, 2017

Oh how delightful it was to hear a spectacular overture before a Broadway musical. When is the last time you heard one? We heard snippets of great music to come such as 'Something Wonderful', Whistle a Happy Tune', 'Shall We Dance' and 'Hello Young Lovers' all played by the talented orchestra (the massive 15 pieces) under the baton of Gerard Steichen. (more...)

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etceteraBWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etcetera
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jul 24, 2017

Lincoln Center's epic and sweeping production of The King and I is Broadway done right and not to be missed! (more...)

THE KING AND I Comes to Atlanta's Fox Theatre this FallTHE KING AND I Comes to Atlanta's Fox Theatre this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. (more...)

BWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND IBWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND I
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jul 13, 2017

Leaning toward spectacle and theatricality, Bartlett Sher's production of THE KING AND I took me by surprise with its emotional power. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway In ChicagoBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 18, 2017

Bartlett Sher's 2015 Tony Award winning revival of THE KING AND I has sailed into Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre in a triumphant touring production. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Jun 7, 2017

BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center (more...)

BWW Interview: Anthony Chan of THE KING AND I at The BushnellBWW Interview: Anthony Chan of THE KING AND I at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - May 20, 2017

It is a classic East meets West tale and one that many count as their favorite musical, but when THE KING AND I, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plays at the Bushnell in Hartford, audiences will have the chance to experience this story in a whole new way. This production, based on the critically acclaimed version produced at New York's Lincoln Center, will take the Bushnell stage in Hartford May 30 - June 4. Playing Prince Chulalongkorn, the eldest son and heir to the throne, will be Anthony Chan. I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony and learning about his experience with this beautiful classic. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I  at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - May 8, 2017

When the King of Siam (Jose Llana) sends for a governess to mentor his royal children, you would expect her arrival to be in grand fashion. And it was. At the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, when the curtain parts, the striking opening scene for The King and I unveils a boat anchoring dockside amidst a colorful sunset in Bangkok. As Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly), a Welsh widow and her handsome son Louis (Graham Montgomery), prepare to disembark, Louis expresses some trepidation about the new life they are about to start in an unfamiliar land. His mother answers him with, I Whisle a Happy Tune, setting the tone for this delightful musical and gifting the audience with the angelic vocal talents of Miss Kelly. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE KING AND I Comes to The Arsht Center This SpringPhoto Flash: THE KING AND I Comes to The Arsht Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announced that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. The multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway hit will run at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for a limited time starting May 9 through May 14, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I: Still Something WonderfulBWW Review: THE KING AND I: Still Something Wonderful
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 14, 2017

The National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I brings its parade of adorable children, a pair of star-crossed lovers, an imperial ruler, and a strong-willed, warm-hearted educator to the Boston Opera House through April 23rd. One of the grande dames of the 1950s, THE KING AND I retains its exalted place in the R & H pantheon, thanks to the artistry of Director Bartlett Sher, a songbird by the name of Laura Michelle Kelly, and a flawed King of Siam for our times, Jose Llana. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I  is Still 'Something Wonderful'BWW Review: THE KING AND I is Still 'Something Wonderful'
by Pati Buehler - Mar 28, 2017

Wiry and witty, this production can proudly stand among Rogers and Hammerstein's best. (more...)

BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'
by Gary Laird - Mar 16, 2017

The latest iteration of the production on tour is crafted with care and performed with verve. It's an 'old-fashioned' Broadway staple, and it never wears out its welcome. It unabashedly tugs at the heartstrings, tickles the funny bone and jerks the tears, just as it did when it opened 66 years ago this month. Few musicals achieve this kind of longevity, and more than a few of those are from the pens of Rodgers and Hammerstein. (more...)

VIDEO: Laura Michelle Kelly & Company Discuss the Strength of Women in THE KING AND IVIDEO: Laura Michelle Kelly & Company Discuss the Strength of Women in THE KING AND I
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2017

Next up for the National Tour of The King and I, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2015, is Houston's Hobby Center, where it will play March 14-19. Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) lead the production, with Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chanas Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey. (more...)

VIDEO: Need Help Getting to Know Them? Meet the Company of THE KING AND I TourVIDEO: Need Help Getting to Know Them? Meet the Company of THE KING AND I Tour
by Stage Tube - Mar 10, 2017

Next up for the National Tour of The King and I, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2015, is Houston's Hobby Center, where it will play March 14-19. Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) lead the production, with Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chanas Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey. (more...)

BWW Review: KING & I was a Double DelightBWW Review: KING & I was a Double Delight
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Mar 6, 2017

The King & I revival national tour is closing after tonight's performance in Minneapolis and moving on to the next city but left this writer with memories that were doubly delightful. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Get to Know the THE KING AND I National Tour with Performance Highlights!STAGE TUBE: Get to Know the THE KING AND I National Tour with Performance Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Feb 16, 2017

The National Tour of The King and I, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2015, is playing at Cleveland's Palace Theatre, where it will remain through February 26.  Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead thenational tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. Joan Almedilla will play Lady Thiang with Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chanas Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey. (more...)

BWW Review: Paramount's KING AND I Full of Heart, Talent, Et CeteraBWW Review: Paramount's KING AND I Full of Heart, Talent, Et Cetera
by Jay Irwin - Jan 25, 2017

I've never been a huge fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I", currently playing at the Paramount Theatre. It's kind of dated, the songs, while many are classics, don't really move the story along, and plot points often come out of nowhere, plus it's one of those staples from the Golden Age of musicals that's just been done to death. But as much as it's not one of my favorites, this current production was so filled with heart, talent and incredible staging that even I have developed a new appreciation for it. (more...)

THE KING AND I Comes to Seattle TodayTHE KING AND I Comes to Seattle Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I that will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre from January 24 through February 3, 2017. (more...)

THE KING AND I Comes to Seattle 1/24THE KING AND I Comes to Seattle 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I that will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre from January 24 through February 3, 2017. (more...)

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