Official Launch of The King And I
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This week I attended the official launch of the King and I. Watch the video above where you will witness why Kelli O’Hara is indeed known as being the Queen of Broadway as she sings “Shall We Dance“. The video includes my interview with Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon and some incredible performances.
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The King And I
Led by Tony Award winner and “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen” (Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King, Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha and Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim, in this multi-award winning show. Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series JIN, will play the Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam
Due to high demand Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I has also announced that an extra Tuesday performance has been added to the London Palladium season in the final week on 25 September. This is in addition to the five extra Thursday matinees previously announced (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September). Much like it’s acclaimed 16 month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking sold out USA tour, The King & I is tipped to be London’s must-see musical of 2018.
Also joining the London cast are Jon Chew (Angels in America) in the role of Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker-Duly (Wizard Of Oz, South Pacific) in dual roles as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton alongisde Annalene Beechey (Les Miserables, Into The Woods). The full ensemble cast of singers, actors and dancers will feature Kamm Kunaree, Jacqui Sanchez, Miiya Alexandra, Ena Yamaguchi, Ela Lisondra, Aiko Kato, Lily Wang, Yuki Abe, Saori Oda, Misa Koide, William Mychael Lee, Alistair So, Arthur Lee, Jorge Sprangers, Jonathan Caguioa, Cletus Chan, Jesse Milligan, Nick Len, Steven Hardcastle, Nicholas Li, Rachel Jayne Picar and Jasmine Leung.
WHAT THE USA PRESS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER
BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF THE KING AND I
“I’ll doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Something wonderful indeed. Breathtaking. Exquisite. Remarkable.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“Five stars. Grand and glorious.”
“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.”
“Too beautiful to miss! An astonishing achievement.”
“Absolutely stunning. Kelli O’Hara is ravishing. Ken Watanabe is powerfully seductive. Chalk up another triumph for Lincoln Center Theater.”
“Magnificent. A sweepingly romantic production. How good to be getting to know the show all over again.”
“Simply divine. You can’t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival is.”
“This splendid revival emerges as majestic and intimate simultaneously. Grandeur and grace fill each scene and song. O’Hara and Watanabe share warm chemistry.”
“Splendid! This just may be, in fact, the finest staging of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in my experience.”
Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater’s World Premiere of J.T. Rogers’ smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre in October last year to rave reviews. He, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady which is currently in previews, will reunite to bring this majestic production to life at the London Palladium.
With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this masterpiece – one of their finest works – boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s 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.
Here are some official King and I rehearsal images courtesy of James Bullimore
Previews: From 21 June
Tickets: £15 – £82.50, Premium Seating available
Box Office: 020 7087 7755
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm
Extra matinee performances at 2pm on 30 August, 6, 13, 20, 27 September
No performance on 28 August, 4, 11, 18 September