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The King And I

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The King And I#1
Posted: 7/5/09 at 11:51am
I have only just noticed how many famous people have acutally played the anna ! marie osmond, stephanie powers, matri webb, Elaine Paige, Josie Lawrence I mean WOW ! any others ?
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re: The King And I#2
Posted: 7/5/09 at 1:17pm
Didn't Susan Hampshire butcher the role a while ago
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re: The King And I#2
Posted: 7/5/09 at 2:24pm
Virginia McKenna to Yul Brynner's King at the London Palladium in 1979.
A pretty bland plodding production.
Yul Brynner was very ill during the London run and it went on to be his last stage appearance.
She released a single of songs from the London production. This production transferred from Broadway and already had a cast album with Yul Brynner and Constance Towers as Anna.
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re: The King And I#3
Posted: 7/5/09 at 2:31pm
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re: The King And I#4
Posted: 7/5/09 at 2:33pm
The movie is still illegal in Thailand.
It is, however, available from every street corner in Bangkok from the fake DVD sellers.
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re: The King And I#5
Posted: 7/5/09 at 2:40pm
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Liz Robertson was his Anna.
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re: The King And I#6
Posted: 7/5/09 at 4:37pm
Wow, I would have loved to have seen that!
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re: The King And I#7
Posted: 7/5/09 at 4:44pm
I actually saw Yul Brynner (and Virginia McKenna) at the Palladium when I was a child: I've seen one of the legendary performances in musical theatre history! re: The King And I

The King and I is probably my favourite of the R&H catalogue but Elaine Paige and Marti Webb yawned their way through it.

Elizabeth Renihan was superb in the national tour that came after Marti's matricide.
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re: The King And I#8
Posted: 7/5/09 at 5:38pm
The awesome Donna Murphy played Anna on Broadway opposite Lou Diamond Phillips, winning her second Tony for the role.

And the original Anna was just about the biggest star of all - the legendary Gertrude Lawrence, for whom Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the role.
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re: The King And I#9
Posted: 7/5/09 at 5:46pm
Donna Murphy sounds wonderful on the recording of that performance.
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re: The King And I#10
Posted: 7/5/09 at 6:27pm
in the confrontation on the 96 revival recording murphy really hits the emotion of wishing she had never come ! I LOVE THAT SINGLE TRACK !
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re: The King And I#11
Posted: 7/5/09 at 6:31pm
Did you know that sexual tension is audible? Get to just before the key-change of 'Shall We Dance?', you'll hear what I mean!
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re: The King And I#12
Posted: 7/5/09 at 6:36pm
Weez im Confused ?
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re: The King And I#13
Posted: 7/5/09 at 6:47pm
can anyone get hold of audio bootlegs of josie lawrence, marie osmond, marti webb, stpehanie powers ? re: The King And I
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re: The King And I#14
Posted: 7/6/09 at 1:27pm
Again, with the Nureyev tour, he was very ill by the time it was half way thru its 24 weeks across Canada and the US.
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re: The King And I#15
Posted: 7/6/09 at 2:49pm
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When Gertie Lawrence opened in the show on Broadway she was still regarded, as Bob has mentioned, a huge stage star.
By the time the reviews had appeared and word of mouth got around, it was clear that there was another amazing new talent on that stage, by the name of Yul Brynner.
Such was the speed of his rise to fame during the shows run that after a few months his name had moved to share the top billing with ( a rumored furious!) Ms Lawrence!.

....and by the time the show closed, he had star billing and not here!!!!
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re: The King And I#16
Posted: 7/6/09 at 3:01pm
"Did you know that sexual tension is audible?"

Absolutely. There are other places on the recording as well.

I went to see Elaine Paige expecting her to be just as good as Donna Murphy. She wasn't: I can only assume that her relationship with Tim Rice must have put her off sex for life.

I wouldn't worry about getting a bootleg of Marti Webb.

And, for once in my life, I saw summat before Mama - I was in there on May 22nd. re: The King And I
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Posted: 7/6/09 at 3:13pm
Did you go backstage and meet the vile tempered horrible man???
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re: The King And I#18
Posted: 7/6/09 at 4:04pm
Given that you obviously didn't see it,seems a bit odd to accuse somebody of butchering a role. Hampshire was pretty good. She has a decent singin voice as anybody who saw her in A Little Night Music would be aware of.
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re: The King And I#19
Posted: 7/6/09 at 4:07pm
Actually Brynner continued to play the role after the Palladium production. He last played it on Broadway in 1985, a few months before he died.
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re: The King And I#20
Posted: 7/6/09 at 4:10pm
Ms Hampshire was fantastic in 'A Little Night Music'!


'The King and I' played a not good a run at the Adelphi in 1973 but at the moment I simply cant remember/find out who did it???

EDIT: Sally Ann Howes and Peter Wyngarde

My memory amazes me at times but can i find that bag of sugar i bought 3 days ago can I buffalo!


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